By Dorothy McBride Stetson
Containing the result of a cross-national learn venture on abortion politics in 11 democratic states (between the Nineteen Sixties and 2000), this quantity marks significant growth in abortion examine. It develops a finished study layout to envision even if women's coverage corporations (institutional teams meant to enhance the prestige of girls) have functioned as valuable and powerful allies of women's hobbies. It explores their efforts to realize entry to strength arenas and safe abortion legislation that coincide with feminist ambitions. certainly, those findings represent a rigorous program of comparative technique to evaluate factors from social move and democratic conception touching on adaptations in nation feminism and flow luck.
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Additional info for Abortion Politics, Women's Movements, and the Democratic State: A Comparative Study of State Feminism (Gender and Politics Series)
The law punished both the woman who underwent the abortion and the doctors and midwives performing it, as well as other 'accomplices' like pharmacists. The parties involved could be sentenced to prison or given a fine (De Keyser and De Meuter 1993:179). In 1923, the law was reinforced to ban publicity for abortion, abortive drugs, and persons performing abortions. Despite the strict language of the law, very few prosecutions took place. On the contrary, the practice of abortion in Belgium prospered (Celis 1996:218).
In 1920, female Social Democratic MPs advocated legalizing abortion within the first trimester of pregnancy. In 1924, party leaders brought forward a new proposal to permit abortion for medical, social, or eugenic reasons along with proposals for better sex education and the establishment of information centres. The party programme of 1926 devoted a whole paragraph to the abortion question. Some of the arguments seem quite modern: for example, that abortion done by a medical doctor in a public clinic on medical and social grounds should be legal and paid for by public funds.
Moderates in the anti-abortion movement whose slogan was 'help instead of punishment' generally accepted that they could not secure more restrictive abortion laws. Many, such as the liberal branch of the Catholic Church in Austria, some bishops, and most lay organizations argued against the use of mifegyne because they feared that this pill would ease the moral dilemma of choosing abortion. They sought an executive order to restrict access to abortion. But, in contrast to the fundamentalists, the liberal branch focused on ways of helping women who had problem pregnancies.
Abortion Politics, Women's Movements, and the Democratic State: A Comparative Study of State Feminism (Gender and Politics Series) by Dorothy McBride Stetson