The Abortion Controversy: A Documentary History

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and other devices, when they believe in their use, as an alternative to abortion. But I don't believe that either the States or the Federal Government should be required to finance abortions.

Question: Mr. President, how fair do you believe it is then, that women who can afford to get an abortion can go ahead and have one, and women who cannot afford to are precluded?

The President: Well, as you know, there are many things in life that are not fair, that wealthy people can afford and poor people can't. But I don't believe that the federal Government should take action to try to make these opportunities exactly equal, particularly when there is a moral factor involved. . . .

Source: Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Vol. 13, no. 29, pp. 990-1, July 12, 1977.


PART IV: FOR FURTHER READING

Callahan, Sidney, and Daniel Callahan, eds. Abortion: Understanding Differences. New York: Plenum Press, 1984.

Crawford Alan. Thunder on the Right. New York: Pantheon Books, 1980.

Deckard Barbara. The Women's Movement. New York: Harper and Row, 1975.

Ehrlich Paul R. The Population Bomb. New York: Ballantine Books, 1968.

Frohock Fred. Abortion: A Case Study in Law and Morals. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1983.

Garfield Jay L., and Patricia Hennessey, ecis. Abortion: Moral and Legal Perspectives. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1983.

Rubin Eva R. Abortion, Politics and the Courts. Rev. ed. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1987.

Wardle Lyn D., and Mary A. Wood. A Lawyer Looks at Abortion. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1982.

Weber Paul J. "Bishops in Politics: The Big Plunge." America, May 22, 1976, pp. 220-23.

Weisbrod Robert G. Black Genocide? Birth Control and the Black American. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1975.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Publication/Copyright Page iv
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Advisory Board vi
  • Contents vii
  • Series Foreword xix
  • Introduction xxi
  • Part I - Before 1960 1
  • Abortion in Historical Context 3
  • Contraception and Abortion in America Before 1960 10
  • Bibliography 43
  • Part II - The Abortion Reform Movement (1960-1972) 45
  • The Reformers 47
  • Catalysts 68
  • Reform Activity in State Legislatures (1967-1972) 79
  • The Politics of State Legislative Reform (1967-1973) 82
  • Breakthrough in the Courts 89
  • The Abortion Situation Worldwide 100
  • Public Opinion 103
  • Conclusion 107
  • Philosophical Arguments for and Against the Liberalization of Abortion Laws 109
  • Bibliography 116
  • Part III - The 1973 Abortion Cases 117
  • The Law and the Cases 119
  • The Immediate Reaction to the Abortion Decisions 140
  • Bibliography 169
  • Part IV - The Battle Lines Are Drawn (1974-1980) 171
  • State Legislative Action and Judicial Response (1974-1980) 173
  • Amending the Constitution 189
  • Politics and Elections 219
  • Conclusion 223
  • Bibliography 231
  • Part V - The Reagan and Bush Administrations and Beyond (1980- ) 233
  • National Politics 237
  • State Legislation During the 1980s 267
  • New Issues and Problems 273
  • Bibliography 283
  • Epilogue - 1993 and After 285
  • Appendix A - Major Supreme Court Decisions Related to Abortion, 1973-1993 291
  • Appendix B - Chronology of Events in the Abortion Controversy 295
  • Index 303
  • About the Editor 312
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