Doctors and Demonstrators: How Political Institutions Shape Abortion Law in the United States, Britain, and Canada (Hardback)Drew Halfmann (author)
Hardback 336 Pages
Since Roe v. Wade, abortion has been a continually divisive political issue in the United States. In contrast, it has remained primarily a medical issue in Britain and Canada despite the countries' shared heritage. "Doctors and Demonstrators" looks beyond simplistic cultural or religious explanations to find out why abortion politics and policies differ so dramatically in these otherwise similar countries. Drew Halfmann argues that political institutions are the key. In the United States, federalism, judicial review, and a private health care system contributed to the public definition of abortion as an individual right rather than a medical necessity. Meanwhile, Halfmann explains, the porous structure of American political parties gave pro-choice and pro-life groups the opportunity to move the issue onto the political agenda. A groundbreaking study of the complex legal and political factors behind the evolution of abortion policy, "Doctors and Demonstrators" will be vital for anyone trying to understand this contentious issue.
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 3 mm
"Doctors and Demonstrators is an innovative, thorough, and expertly designed work of political analysis. There is much to admire here, but one of the most important elements is the use of a comparative historical approach to an issue of legal policy. Halfmann sets up an intriguing puzzle - why are abortion politics in the United States, Britain, and Canada so different? - and provides a subtle yet clear and powerful explanation." (John Skrentny, University of California, San Diego)"
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