Abortion Politics, Women's Movements, and the Democratic by Dorothy McBride Stetson

By Dorothy McBride Stetson

Containing the result of a cross-national learn venture on abortion politics in 11 democratic states (between the Sixties and 2000), this quantity marks significant development in abortion learn. It develops a accomplished learn layout to ascertain even if women's coverage companies (institutional teams meant to enhance the prestige of girls) have functioned as invaluable and powerful allies of women's pursuits. It explores their efforts to realize entry to strength arenas and safe abortion legislation that coincide with feminist targets. certainly, those findings represent a rigorous program of comparative method to evaluate causes from social flow and democratic thought relating diversifications in country feminism and circulate luck.

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The initiative served as a mechanism for anti-abortion groups to mobilize resources outside the institutionalized political system to generate a new debate on abortion. They hoped by this means to reframe the abortion issue in public debate. * Dominant frame of the debate After the 1970-2 debate, the dominant frame of debate on the abortion issue privileged women's emancipation and self-determination. Social Democrat leaders continued first and foremost to frame the need for legalized abortion as a class problem.

The national experts' reports were submitted to the EMEA, which authorized the new product based on their conclusion that there was no medical or juridical objection to it, such as conflict with the national legislature. In Austria, as in France, mifegyne is to be used only in public or private clinics and hospitals. Debate on retaining the existing law was not reopened in Parliament, despite the highly emotional debate in the media over abortion on demand, so there was no further policy action.

The Social Democrats, the members of the Green Alternative, and the Liberal Party's representatives agreed that women have the right to decide about their own pregnancies and that mifegyne would extend women's choices. The left-wing parties' views coincided with the goals of women's movement advocates, and both countered the anti-abortionist rhetoric by focusing on women's right to choose the abortion method appropriate for them. In addition, Social Democratic women brought male gender roles into the discussion, specifically men's responsibility for reproduction, including family work.

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