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The Right-to-Life Movement, the Reagan Administration, and the Politics of Abortion


The Right-to-Life Movement, the Reagan Administration, and the Politics of Abortion


Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements

von: Prudence Flowers

58,84 €

Verlag: Palgrave Pivot
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 03.11.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9783030017071
Sprache: englisch

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<p>This book offers a political, ideological, and social history of the national right-to-life movement in the 1980s under President Ronald Reagan. It analyzes anti-abortion engagement with the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, and offers what is frequently a narrative of disappointment and factionalism. The chapters explore pro-life responses to Supreme Court vacancies, attempts to pass a constitutional amendment, and broader legislative and bureaucratic strategies, including successful campaigns against international and domestic family planning programs. The book suggests that the 1980s transformed the anti-abortion cause, limiting the types of ideas and approaches possible at a national level. Although the movement later claimed Reagan as a "pro-life hero," while he was President right-to-lifers continuously struggled with the gap between his words and deeds. They also had a fraught relationship with the broader Republican Party. This book charts the political education of right-to-lifers, offering insights into social movement activism and conservatism in the late twentieth century.</p>
<div><p>Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: A Brief History of the National Movement to End Abortion.- Chapter 3: “A Prolife Disaster”: The Sandra Day O’Connor Nomination.- Chapter 4: “A Movement in Disarray”: The Hatch/Helms Fight.- Chapter 5: “Voodoo Demographics”: The Right-to-Life Movement Confronts the Population Establishment.- Chapter 6: Cultivating Reagan’s Abortion Legacy: His Last Years in Office.- Chapter 7: The Lessons of the Reagan Years.</p><br></div>
<p><b>Prudence Flowers</b> is a lecturer at Flinders University, Australia. She teaches and researches United States history. She has published on first-wave feminism and the temperance movement in the late nineteenth century and on anti-abortion activism in the 1970s and 1980s.</p>
This book offers a political, ideological, and social history of the national right-to-life movement in the 1980s under President Ronald Reagan. It analyzes anti-abortion engagement with the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, and offers what is frequently a narrative of disappointment and factionalism. The chapters explore pro-life responses to Supreme Court vacancies, attempts to pass a constitutional amendment, and broader legislative and bureaucratic strategies, including successful campaigns against international and domestic family planning programs. The book suggests that the 1980s transformed the anti-abortion cause, limiting the types of ideas and approaches possible at a national level. Although the movement later claimed Reagan as a "pro-life hero," while he was President right-to-lifers continuously struggled with the gap between his words and deeds. They also had a fraught relationship with the broader Republican Party. This book charts the political education of right-to-lifers, offering insights into social movement activism and conservatism in the late twentieth century.
<p>Offers an in-depth analysis of the loyalty that developed between the right-to-life movement and the Reagan administration</p><p>Explores the various factions within this movement during the 1980s, differentiating between the Religious Right, the Catholic Church, pro-life Republican politicians and pro-life organizations</p><p>Shows how political access transformed the right-to-life cause and how this strategy continued to shape these organizations’ alliance with the Republican Party for decades</p>

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