Abortion in the United States: A Reference Handbook, 1st Edition

  • Dorothy E. McBride
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  • ISBN-10: 1598840991
  • ISBN-13: 9781598840995
  • DDC: 363.460973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 303 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Overview

This work is a balanced presentation of the pro-life/pro-choice controversy, showing all aspects of the debate and why it is so difficult to resolve. It is the most explosive flashpoint in American politics, a polarizing issue in campaigns, Congressional debates, court cases, and cultural confrontations. Although abortion is a right currently guaranteed by the Constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Court, it is a right continually challenged in cases across the country. This work offers a balanced, objective look at the ultimate "wedge" issue in American culture. This volume offers a revealing history of abortion politics and policy from the 1800s to Roe v. Wade to the present, with clear analyses of disputes such as public funding for abortion, the status of the fetus, contraception, abortion as a "litmus test" for candidates and judicial nominees, and more.

A separate chapter looks at abortion politics throughout the world and places the United States in a global context. Biographies of major players, extensive data and documents, and a bibliography of important resources make this an essential resource on one of the most controversial topics in our national dialog.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Page.
About the Book.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Preface.
1: Background and History.
2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions.
3: Worldwide Perspective.
4: Chronology.
5: Biographical Sketches.
6: Bill Baird (1932–).
7: Robert H. Bork (1927–).
8: John Bayard Britton (1925–1994).
9: Judie Brown (1944–).
10: Mary Steichen Calderone (1904–1998).
11: Gloria Feldt (1942–).
12: Sherri Chessen Finkbine (1930–).
13: Wanda Franz (1944?–).
14: Kim Gandy (1954–).
15: Alan Guttmacher (1898–1974).
16: Martin Haskell (1946–).
17: Harrison Hickman (1953–).
18: Paul T. Hill (1954–2003).
19: Henry Hyde (1924–).
20: Frances Kissling (1943–).
21: Lawrence Lader (1919–2006).
22: Ellen McCormack (1926–).
23: Norma McCorvey (1947–).
24: Paul Marx (1920?–).
25: Kate Michelman (1942–).
26: Bernard Nathanson (1926–).
27: Margaret Sanger (1879–1966).
28: Joseph M. Scheidler (1927–).
29: Patricia Schroeder (1940–).
30: Eleanor Smeal (1939–).
31: Christopher Smith (1953–).
32: Ann E. W. Stone (1952–).
33: Horatio Robinson Storer (1830–1922).
34: Randall Terry (1959–).
35: Richard Viguerie (1933–).
36: Sarah Weddington (1945–).
37: Data and Documents.
38: Introduction.
39: Historical Documents.
40: The Essential Supreme Court Cases: Excerpts.
41: Excerpts from Important Proposed and Enacted Statutes.
42: Current State Laws Regulating Abortion.
43: Abortion Practice: Incidence and Services.
44: Public Opinion Polls on Abortion Issues.
45: Directory of Organizations.
46: Introduction.
47: Government Agencies.
48: United States Organizations.
49: International Organizations.
50: Resources.
Glossary.
Index.
About the Author.