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By Dorothy E. McBride

This paintings is a balanced presentation of the pro-life/pro-choice controversy, exhibiting all elements of the controversy and why it's so tough to resolve.

• basic resources contain excerpts from significant very best complaints, legislative debts and legislation glided by Congress, and historic documents

• presents tables exhibiting states' legislation on abortion and public opinion on quite a few points of the abortion controversy

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Our opponents want to impose an absolute “moral” standard that the fertilized egg is more important than the woman who conceives it. They dismiss any complications or tragedies that result from this rule. In fact, matters of sex, contraception, pregnancy, and abortion are complex. Real women, and their families, face such problems every day: through ignorance, failed contraception, economic deprivation, and victimization. Women need all the resources possible to be able to make good decisions about their bodies and their lives.

For the most part, they were largely unfettered by state interference until the early years of the reform movement. After 1973, however, the Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, empowered women, along with doctors, to make decisions about abortion. The government lost authority to make even the most limited restrictions on the abortion decision for the first six months of pregnancy. After Roe: Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Movements Face Off According to sociologists, a social movement happens when “ordinary people join forces in contentious confrontation with elites, authorities and opponents” (Tarrow 1994, 1).

Consciousness-raising groups—which were an essential feature of the larger women’s liberation movement—encouraged women to learn about their bodies and to develop the self-confidence to confront the doctors who had life-or-death authority over their reproductive lives. Some of the groups took direct action, by setting up self-help feminist clinics, referral services for abortions inside and outside the United States, and even learning how to perform early-pregnancy abortions—the famous “Jane” in Chicago is an example (Kaplan 1996).

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