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Abortion Politics

Abortion Politics

Ziad Munson

ISBN: 978-0-745-68882-4

May 2018

200 pages


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Abortion has remained one of the most volatile and polarizing issues in the United States for over four decades. Americans are more divided today than ever over abortion, and this debate colors the political, economic, and social dynamics of the country. 

This book provides a balanced, clear-eyed overview of the abortion debate, including the perspectives of both the pro-life and pro-choice movements. It covers the history of the debate from colonial times to the present, the mobilization of mass movements around the issue, the ways it is understood by ordinary Americans, the impact it has had on U.S. political development, and the differences with the abortion conflict in the rest of the world. Throughout these discussions, Ziad Munson demonstrates how the meaning of abortion has shifted to reflect the changing anxieties and cultural divides which it has come to represent.

Abortion Politics is an invaluable companion for exploring the abortion issue and what is has to say about American society, as well as the dramatic changes in public understanding of women's rights, medicine, religion, and partisanship.

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  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: The Making of the Abortion Controversy
  • Chapter 3: The Dynamics of the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Movements
  • Chapter 4: Public Attitudes and Beliefs about Abortion
  • Chapter 5: The Impact of Abortion on American Politics
  • Chapter 6: American Exceptionalism
  • Chapter 7: Stability and Change in Abortion Politics
  • References