Abortion Wars: A Half Century of Struggle, 1950-2000 by Rickie Solinger
In the past half century, we have moved from criminalizing abortion to legalization, despite unequal access to services and violent protests that continue to tear apart American society. In this…
Abortion Wars synopsis
In the past half century, we have moved from criminalizing abortion to legalization, despite unequal access to services and violent protests that continue to tear apart American society. In this provocative volume, an influential and diverse group of abortion rights advocates - journalists, scientists, activists, lawyers, doctors and philosophers - chronicles the development of one of the most controversial issues of our time.
The unique "abortion wars" in many aspects of the "abortion" debate raise key issues such as medical practice, activity, legal strategies, and the meaning of choice in the highly complex historical context of the past half century. Taking the reader into battle trenches on the rights of abortion, contributors to zero in the fundamental moments and turning points in this ongoing war. Ricky Solinger and Laura Kaplan discuss the secret history of abortion before Roe v.
Wade, including the activities of abortion providers called Jane. Fei Ginsberg examines the recent increase in anti-abortion militancy and its relationship to religious rights.
Jane Hodgson is reflected in her career as a doctor and practicing abortion before abortion becomes legal. Allison Gagar explores the changing theoretical foundations of abortion rights activity.
Other articles emphasize the need to redefine the reproductive rights movement so that it is the element and class as well as gender considerations in essence and raise questions about abortion rights for poor women and color women. Taken together, the historical and multidisciplinary perspectives gathered here give a complex picture of what has been at stake in abortion policy over the past 50 years.
The articles explain why many women consider abortion to be crucial in their lives and why opposition to abortion rights is so violent today. The articles illuminate a fundamental lesson about the nature of social change in the United States: judicial decisions that change restrictive laws and establish new rights do not solve social policy, but are likely to produce strong and long-term resistance..
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