Depolarizing the Debate

Author: Laurie Shrage

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195153095

Category: Political Science

Page: 173

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Shrage argues that Roe v Wade's regulatory scheme of a six-month time span for abortion on demand polarized the public and obscured alternatives with potentially broader support. She explores the origins of that scheme, then defends an alternate one--with a time span shorter than 6 months for non-therapeutic abortions--that could win broad support needed to make legal abortion services available to all women.
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What Are the Issues?

Author: Church of England. Board for Social Responsibility

Publisher: Church House Publishing

ISBN: 9780715165782

Category: Religion

Page: 84

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Why is abortion such a divisive issue? How can Christians make up their minds when 'pro-choice' and 'pro-life' arguments seem so incompatible? This report, published by the Board of Social Responsibility, sets out the key issues. Includes a summary of Church of England statements on abortion.
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Author: Brenda E. Brasher,Lee Quinby

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317488873

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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The female body has been an object of oppression and control throughout history. 'Gender and Apocalyptic Desire' exposes the often-hidden links between the struggles of women and the conflict of good versus evil. The essays examine the collisions between feminist and apocalyptic thought, the ways in which apocalyptic belief functions as bodily discipline and cultural practice, and how some currents of apocalyptic desire can enable women's equality. A wide range of issues are examined, from anti-abortion terrorism to the stigmata of Christ and visions of Mary.
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Author: Church of Scotland. Board of Social Responsibility

Publisher: Quorum Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 156

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Interpretation in the Abortion Controversy and Other Public Debates

Author: Georgia Warnke

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520921924

Category: Philosophy

Page: 225

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Legitimate Differences challenges the usual portrayal of current debates over thorny social issues including abortion, pornography, affirmative action, and surrogate mothering as moral debates. How can it be said that our debates oppose principles of life to those of liberty, principles of liberty to those of equality, principles of equality to those of fairness, and principles of fairness to those of integrity, when we as Americans share all these principles? Debates over such issues are not, Georgia Warnke argues, moral debates over which principles we should adopt. Rather, they are interpretive debates over the meanings of principles we already possess. Warnke traces the structure of these debates with reference to the work of Jane Austen, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Jürgen Habermas, and Bernard Williams. In separate chapters on surrogate mothering, affirmative action, abortion, and pornography she articulates new understandings of the meanings of some of our principles and shows the equal legitimacy of some different interpretations of the meanings of others. Finally, she suggests that the orientation of American public policy ought to be directed less at finding single canonical interpretations of our principles than at accommodating different legitimate understandings of them. The perspective offered by Legitimate Differences should have a significantly beneficial effect on public discussions.
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From Choice to Consent

Author: Eileen McDonagh

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195357998

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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For over twenty years the abortion debate has raged, with each side entrenched in unyielding positions. This book breaks the impasse by using pro-life premises to reach pro-choice conclusions. While it is commonly assumed that state protection of the fetus as a form of human life undermines women's reproductive rights, McDonagh instead illuminates how it is exactly such state protection of the fetus that strengthens, rather than weakens, not only women's right to an abortion, but even more significantly, women's ability to call on the state for abortion funding. McDonagh's approach, by bridging the divide between pro-life and pro-choice advocates, revolutionizes the abortion debate in a way that opens up a whole new avenue for resolving the abortion conflict and advancing women's rights. McDonagh reframes the abortion debate by locating the missing piece of the puzzle: the fetus as the cause of pregnancy. After exposing the myths on this subject, her exacting analysis presents the scientific and legal evidence that the ultimate source of pregnancy is the fetus. The central issue then becomes what the fetus, as an active agent, does to a woman's body during pregnancy, whether that pregnancy is wanted or not. McDonagh graphically describes the massive changes produced by the fetus when it takes over a woman's body. As such, pregnancy is best depicted not as a condition that women have a right to choose but rather as a condition to which they must have a right to consent. Abortion, therefore, does not rest on the intensely debated principle, stated in Roe, that women have a right to be free from state interference when choosing privately what to do with their own bodies. Instead, as McDonagh's book explains, abortion rights flow inevitably from women's more established right to consent to what another agent does to their body. Specifically, women have a right to resist an unwanted intrusion by a fetus as well as to receive help from the state to stop such an intrusion. Moving abortion rights from choice to consent has broad legal and cultural ramifications tapping into the very cornerstone of the American political system: consent. McDonagh unravels the consequences of extending to pregnant women the same guarantees of bodily integrity and liberty possessed by others in our society. Specifically, she shows why a woman who does not consent to be made pregnant by a fetus, not only has a right to terminate pregnancy, but why the state violates constitutional due process and equal protection guarantees when it fails to provide her with the same protections against nonconsensual intrusions by a fetus as it provides against nonconsensual intrusions by other parties. This book pivotally strengthens, therefore, not only women's right to abortion but also abortion funding. By providing new grounds both for the public funding of abortion and for the removal of government restrictions on abortions, it lays the foundation for enhancing women's rights through major policy changes in legislatures and courts.
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Ethics and Policy in Atlantic Democracies

Author: Thomas Banchoff

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801461071

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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Since the first fertilization of a human egg in the laboratory in 1968, scientific and technological breakthroughs have raised ethical dilemmas and generated policy controversies on both sides of the Atlantic. Embryo, stem cell, and cloning research have provoked impassioned political debate about their religious, moral, legal, and practical implications. National governments make rules that govern the creation, destruction, and use of embryos in the laboratory-but they do so in profoundly different ways. In Embryo Politics, Thomas Banchoff provides a comprehensive overview of political struggles aboutembryo research during four decades in four countries-the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. Banchoff's book, the first of its kind, demonstrates the impact of particular national histories and institutions on very different patterns of national governance. Over time, he argues, partisan debate and religious-secular polarization have come to overshadow ethical reflection and political deliberation on the moral status of the embryo and the promise of biomedical research. Only by recovering a robust and public ethical debate will we be able to govern revolutionary life-science technologies effectively and responsibly into the future.
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Author: Jeffrey H. Reiman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847692088

Category: Philosophy

Page: 127

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In this text, Jeffrey Reiman argues that an overlooked clue to the solution of the moral problem lies in the unusual way in which we value the lives of individual human beings - namely, that we value them irreplaceably. We think it is not only wrong to kill an innocent human child or adult, but that it would not be made right by replacing the dead one with another living one, or even several.
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Author: Andrzej Kulczycki

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415922685

Category: Law

Page: 246

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Using extensive interviews, including discussions with heads of state and church, and original research in Kenya, Mexico and Poland, Andrzej Kulczycki examines how cultural history, women's movements, the Catholic Church and transnational influences have shaped abortion policies in those nations and beyond.
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The Classic Study of How American Women Coped with Unwanted Pregnancy before Roe v. Wade

Author: Nancy Howell Lee

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497620325

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

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This eye-opening look at the abortion process prior to the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 is now more relevant than ever, with a new introduction by the author revisiting history that is still salient half a century later In the years before Roe v. Wade, women seeking to end their unwanted pregnancies had limited options—many of them dangerous, even potentially fatal, and nearly all of them illegal. This groundbreaking work by sociologist Nancy Howell Lee, first published in 1969, takes an intimate look at the entire abortion process—from the initial decision to terminate a pregnancy through the procedure itself and the aftermath—providing an incomparable view of what is still one of the most controversial and divisive issues in America. Based on interviews with one hundred fourteen women who had illegal abortions, Howell Lee’s book reveals how the abortions were procured and paid for, and looks at the lasting effects the experience had on the participants. The interviewees were open and honest about what influenced their decisions, how they conducted their search for someone to perform the procedure, and the physical and emotional aftereffects. With many state governments across America currently passing new legislation that restricts and, in many cases, effectively bans abortion, an eventual return to the pre-Roe days threatens the well-being of millions of women, making Nancy Howell Lee’s pioneering study more relevant than ever. It is a must-read for all those interested in reproductive rights issues.
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Jewish Sources and Perspectives

Author: Marshall J. Breger

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275981655

Category: Political Science

Page: 281

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Jewish scholars and commentators address various social issues and public policies from a Jewish perspective.
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Author: Sidney Callahan,Daniel Callahan

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461327539

Category: Medical

Page: 360

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SIDNEY CALLAHAN AND DANIEL CALLAHAN This book, like many other things to do with abortion, is a product of long controversy. Though carried out with cooperation, it was conceived in conflict. The conflict between the coeditors has per sisted for years-in fact, for at least half of their thirty-year marriage. One, Sidney, is prolife; the other, Daniel, is prochoice. Ever since the topic of abortion became of professional interest to us, in the 1960s, we have disagreed. At one time, while Daniel was writing a book on the subject, Abortion: Law, Choice and Morality (1970), we talked about the subject every day for the four years of the book's gestation. On many occasions during the 1970s, prolife articles writ ten by Sidney were passed out at Daniel's lectures in order to refute his pro choice views. Over the years, every argument, every statistic, every historical example cited in the literature has been discussed by the two of us. As Eliza Doolittle says about "words" in My Fair Lady, "There's nota one I haven't heard. " And yet we still disagree. How can it be, we ask ourselves, that intelligent people of goodwill who know all the same facts and all the same arguments still come down on different sides of the con troversy? As we well know, it is possible to agree about many things and have great love and respect for an opponent, and still differ.
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Author: Joanna Brien,Ida Fairbairn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134810776

Category: Psychology

Page: 216

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Pregnancy and Abortion Counselling is written for professionals who give information and support to women deciding whether to terminate or continue with their pregnancy. The authors provide a comprehensive review of the social, moral and legal issues surrounding contraception and abortion and offer clear guidelines for establishing good practice. Illustrated throughout with case examples the book includes detailed information on * current legislation * methods of abortion * stages of foetal development * screening for foetal abnormality * client confidentiality and consent * ethical considerations This book is relevant to many health professionals, including doctors, health visitors, midwives and nurses as well as those involved in community work and counselling.
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Abortion and the Decision Not to Contracept

Author: Kristin Luker

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520035942

Category: Social Science

Page: 207

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A study of the contraceptive practices of a large sample of clients in a California abortion clinic challenges common assumptions about the social and psychological trauma associated with abortion as a means of birth control
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private morality and public policy

Author: Frederick S. Jaffe,Barbara L. Lindheim,Philip Randolph Lee

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

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This evenly balanced, well-documented study analyzes the availability, safety, and effectiveness of abortions and the responsibilities of various agencies in maintaining the abortion option
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Author: Deana A. Rohlinger

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316214052

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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Weaving together analyses of archival material, news coverage, and interviews conducted with journalists from mainstream and partisan outlets as well as with activists across the political spectrum, Deana A. Rohlinger re-imagines how activists use a variety of mediums, sometimes simultaneously, to agitate for - and against - legal abortion. Rohlinger's in-depth portraits of four groups - the National Right to Life Committee, Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women, and Concerned Women for America - illuminates when groups use media and why they might choose to avoid media attention altogether. Rohlinger expertly reveals why some activist groups are more desperate than others to attract media attention and sheds light on what this means for policy making and legal abortion in the twenty-first century.
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An A-to-Z Guide

Author: Dustin Mulvaney

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412996791

Category: Political Science

Page: 503

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From A-to-Z, the politics of these and similar "green" issues are thoroughly explored via 150 signed entries.
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The Personal and Social Reality of Women's Experiences

Author: Mary K. Zimmerman

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Abortion

Page: 222

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