Abortion: A Documentary and Reference Guide, 1st Edition

  • Melody Rose Portland State University
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  • ISBN-10: 0313087954
  • ISBN-13: 9780313087950
  • DDC: 363.460973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 258 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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Explores the evolution of both sides of America's abortion debate in a balanced selection of 41 primary documents by doctors, feminists, religious leaders, activists, politicians, and judges from the 19th century to the present day.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Chronology.
2: Abortion in Early America.
3: Document: Excerpt from S. K. Jennings' The Married Lady's Companion, Or Poor Man's Friend, a text on issues confronting the nineteenth-century American wife.
4: Document: Commonwealth v. Isaiah Bangs, the first known American judicial ruling on abortion (footnotes omitted).
5: Document: The Declaration of Sentiments.
6: Document: American Medical Association (AMA) Report on Criminal Abortion.
7: Document: Excerpt from Dr. Horatio Storer's Why Not? A Book for Every Woman: A Proper Bostonian on Sex and Birth Control.
8: Document: Abortionist Advertisement.
9: Document: Madame Restell Charged.
10: Document: The Comstock Act or “An Act for the Suppression of Trade in, and Circulation of, Obscene Literature and Articles of Immoral Use” (S. 1572, 42D Congress, 3D Session).
11: Early Twentieth-Century Tensions and Trends.
12: Document: Excerpt from U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt's address “On American Motherhood,” delivered to the National Congress of Mothers.
13: Document: “Up to the Doctors.”.
14: Document: Excerpt from United States v. One Package of Japanese Pessaries.
15: Document: Selection from Margaret Sanger; An Autobiography.
16: Document: American Law Institute (ALI) Model Penal Code.
17: Document: “The Abortion Racket—What Should Be Done?”.
18: Abortion at a Crossroads: America at Mid-Century.
19: Document: Griswold v. Connecticut.
20: Document: National Organization for Women (NOW) Bill of Rights.
21: Document: Humanae Vitae, Encyclical of Pope Paul VI on the Regulation of Birth (footnotes omitted).
22: Document: NARAL By-Laws and NARAL Progress Report.
23: Document: Excerpt from The Abortion Handbook for Responsible Women, by Lana Clarke Phelan and Patricia Therese Maginnis.
24: Document: Senator Maurine Neuberger's keynote address before the California Conference on Abortion.
25: Document: Excerpt from Ruth Barnett, They Weep on My Doorstep.
26: Document: Judith Jarvis Thomson, excerpt from “A Defense of Abortion.”.
27: Roe V. Wade and Its Critics.
28: Document: Excerpt from Roe v. Wade, footnotes omitted.
29: Document: Excerpt from John Hart Ely, “The Wages of Crying Wolf: A Comment on Roe v. Wade.”.
30: Document: The Hyde Amendment.
31: Document: Excerpt from “Privacy v. Equality: Beyond Roe v. Wade.”.
32: The Parties Collide.
33: Document: Republican and Democratic Party abortion platform statements.
34: Document: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “Some Thoughts on Autonomy and Equality in Relation to Roe v. Wade.”.
35: Document: Excerpt from Webster v. Reproductive Health Services.
36: Document: Paul Hill, “Why Shoot an Abortionist?”.
37: The Pendulum Swings Again.
38: Document: Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Robert P. Casey, et al..
39: Document: Justice O'Connor's plurality opinion from Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (footnotes omitted).
40: Document: Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.
41: Document: Naomi Wolf, “Our Bodies, Our Souls.”.
42: Document: President Clinton's veto statement of H.R. 1833, the Partial Birth Abortion Ban.
43: The Battle Continues into the Twenty-First Century.
44: Document: President George W. Bush's Stem Cell Address.
45: Document: Presidential statement restoring the Mexico City Policy.
46: Document: Excerpt from Jimmy Carter's chapter, “Would Jesus Approve Abortions and the Death Penalty?”.
47: Document: State of Arkansas ultrasound equipment law.
48: Document: Excerpt from Gonzales v. Carhart, footnotes omitted.
49: Document: Remarks by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to Family Planning Advocates of New York State.
50: Conclusion.
About the Author.