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Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade

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On April 16, 1972, ten thousand people gathered in Central Park to protest New Yorks liberal abortion law. Emotions ran high, refl... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

On April 16, 1972, ten thousand people gathered in Central Park to protest New Yorks liberal abortion law. Emotions ran high, reflecting the nations extreme polarization over abortion. Yet the divisions did not fall neatly along partisan or religious lines-the assembled protesters were far from a bunch of fire-breathing culture warriors. In Defenders of the Unborn, Daniel K. Williams reveals the hidden history of the pro-life movement in America, showing that a cause that many see as reactionary and anti-feminist began as a liberal crusade for human rights. For decades, the media portrayed the pro-life movement as a Catholic cause, but by the time of the Central Park rally, that stereotype was already hopelessly outdated. The kinds of people in attendance at pro-life rallies ranged from white Protestant physicians, to young mothers, to African American Democratic legislators-even the occasional member of Planned Parenthood. One of New York Citys most vocal pro-life advocates was a liberal Lutheran minister who was best known for his civil rights activism and his protests against the Vietnam War. The language with which pro-lifers championed their cause was not that of conservative Catholic theology, infused with attacks on contraception and womens sexual freedom. Rather, they saw themselves as civil rights crusaders, defending the inalienable right to life of a defenseless minority: the unborn fetus. It was because of this grounding in human rights, Williams argues, that the right-to-life movement gained such momentum in the early 1960s. Indeed, pro-lifers were winning the battle before Roe v. Wade changed the course of history. Through a deep investigation of previously untapped archives, Williams presents the untold story of New Deal-era liberals who forged alliances with a diverse array of activists, Republican and Democrat alike, to fight for what they saw as a human rights cause. Provocative and insightful, Defenders of the Unborn is a must-read for anyone who craves a deeper understanding of a highly-charged issue.

Autorentext

Daniel K. Williams is Associate Professor of History at the University of West Georgia. He is author of God's Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right.



Inhalt

Introduction Chapter 1: A Clash of Values Chapter 2: The Political Fight Begins Chapter 3: Initial Losses Chapter 4: National Right to Life Chapter 5: "Abortion on Demand" Chapter 6: A New Image Chapter 7: Progressive Politics Chapter 8: National Battle Chapter 9: After Roe Epilogue Notes Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade
Untertitel: The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade
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EAN: 9780199391653
ISBN: 978-0-19-939165-3
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 400
Veröffentlichung: 04.12.2015
Jahr: 2015
Untertitel: Englisch