The Abortion Controversy: A Documentary History

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Date Always Legal Certain Circumstances Always Illegal
1977 22 55 19
1975 21 54 22
What types of laws restricting abortion are favored by the public?
Type of Restriction % Favor % Oppose % No Opinion
1. A law requiring doctors to
inform patients about
alternatives to abortion
before performing the
procedure.
86 12 2
2. A law requiring women
seeking abortions to wait 24
hours before having the
procedure done.
73 23 4
3. A law requiring that the
husband of a married
woman be notified if she
decides to have an abortion.
73 25 2
4. A law requiring women
under 18 to get parental
consent for any abortion.
70 27 3
Source: Gallup Poll Monthly, January 1992, pp. 6-7.

PART V: FOR FURTHER READING

Blank Robert H. Mother and Fetus: Changing Notions of Maternal Responsibility. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1992.

Costa Marie, ed. Abortion: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC- Clio, 1991.

Glendon Mary Ann. Abortion and Western Law. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1987.

Lader Lawrence. RU 486: The Pill that Could End the Abortion Wars and Why American Women Don't Have It. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1991.

Luker Kristin. Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.

Paige Connie. The Right to Lifers: Who They Are, How They Operate, Where They Get Their Money. New York: Summit Books, 1983.

Reagan Ronald. Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation. New York: Thomas Nelson, 1984.

Staggenborg Suzanne. The Pro-Choice Movement. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Steiner Gilbert Y., ed. The Abortion Dispute and the American System. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 1983.

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  • 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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