Winter 2006/07: Table of Contents
Volume XXVII — No. 4
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After decades on the defensive, prochoice leaders decide that searching for common ground is better than losing ground
The president of CFFC questions whether we should do more to prevent the need for abortion
Reducing Unintended Pregnancy in the United States
Is it an attainable goal?
James Trussell and Lisa Wynn
Prevention, and support for New Parents, Will Reduce the Abortion Rate
There are few issues in the political realm more difficult, with greater moral complexity, than that of abortion. For some, it is a choice between protecting the life of unborn children; for others, it is about protecting women’s capacity—not government’s—to choose what is best for themselves and their families, regardless of social or economic circumstances. To many observers, the battle over abortion rights must seem one of competing absolutes. And unfortunately, the issue has played out that way politically, with fewer issues more contentious and divisive than abortion. You can see why some would choose not to engage or even attempt to forge consensus on such a difficult issue.
Rosa L. DeLauro
Communications and “messaging” play a larger part in politics and social policy than at any time in history. In the U.K., as in the U.S., it seems that policymakers spend more time trying to work out how to “sell” initiatives to the public than assessing how effective they would be if they were adopted. “Will it win support?” seems more important than “Is it true?” or “Will it work?” Naturally, this affects and frames the abortion discourse on both sides of the pond.
Going Positive on Prevention
American voters are becoming aware of threats to the values represented by Roe
Roundtable: Talking the Talk on Abortion
The debate over abortion is not one that is going away soon, and there is much discussion about which side, if either, is winning or losing. Conscience asked leaders in the reproductive rights movement to send us their thoughts as to whether the reproductive rights movement needs to change how it talks about abortion and, if so, how. Some of the contributions we received are on the following pages.
Abortion and Human Rights
Legal developments in Europe may open the door to wider availability of abortion in Ireland
Opinion: Women Need Amnesty International to Support Abortion Rights
Amnesty International is in the midst of considering whether to include access to abortion in the list of rights that it supports. Many other organizations and individuals have long made the case that access to safe abortion services is a basic human right, one that saves thousands of women’s lives and protects the health of many, many more.
Dr. Carmen Angélica Valenzuela
An exerpt from The Human Drama of Abortion: A Global Search for Consensus
Anibal Faundes and Jose Barzelatto
- Wendy Chavkin & Ellen Chesler's Where Human Rights Begin: Health, Sexuality and Women in the New Millennium
- Susan Greenhalgh & Edwin A Winckler's Governing China's Population: From Leninist to Neoliberal Biopolitics
- Victoria Lee Erickson & Susan A. Farrell's Still Believing: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Women Affirm Their Faith
A list of new and noteworthy books
In their own words: supporters and critics of the church speak
Index: Catholics and Contraception