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By Dorothy E. McBride

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

• basic assets contain excerpts from significant ideally suited complaints, legislative accounts and legislation glided by Congress, and ancient documents

• offers tables exhibiting states' legislation on abortion and public opinion on a number of facets of the abortion controversy

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Lobbying efforts in state legislatures stalled, especially those promoting repeal. Because of the New York repeal, many women traveled there to obtain abortions through referrals operated by Planned Parenthood and other organizations. Perhaps this alleviated the pressure presented by illegal abortions. Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical, Humanae Vitae (Human Life), which reiterated the church’s absolute opposition to abortion as well as all forms of contraception and sterilization, may also have stimulated the Roman Catholic Church to support a more organized antiabortion presence in the various state and local debates.

Some other forces were at work in building the pro-life movement. In the 1970s, some conservatives in the Republican Party saw an opportunity to recruit supporters for their candidates if they could link economic conservatism to social conservatism. com ABC-CLIO 1-800-368-6868 After Roe: Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Movements Face Off 21 This New Right worked closely with leaders of evangelical churches, including Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. The fundamentalist and Pentecostal religions strongly opposed abortion; Republican strategists promoted an antiabortion platform and candidates in the Republican Party to attract the support of these groups that had typically stayed away from politics.

Criminalized abortion laws don’t eliminate abortions; they never have and they never will. Women will continue to seek abortions—in other countries, in back alleys, from friends—or they can try to cause themselves to miscarry. com ABC-CLIO 1-800-368-6868 26 Background and History in hospitals with damaged uteruses and life-threatening infections. Those who want to make abortions illegal want to put their moral views about human life into the law. In fact, theirs is a minority view. A majority of Americans want to keep abortions legal.

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