In a single year, Dr. David Gunn was killed, Jane Roe recanted, the Supreme Court began to backpedal from its landmark 1973 decision, Congress became fixated on a rare late-term abortion procedure, and numerous states imposed legislation limiting a woman's right to choose. It was a year of extremes for an issue that seems to know no middle ground,
Table of Contents
Preface -- Abortion: The Search for a Neutral Ground -- Defining the Abortion Issue and Getting on the Public Agenda -- Abortion, the Constitution, and the Federal System -- The Aftermath of Roe and Doe -- The Politics of Abortion, 1980–1988 -- The Politics of Abortion, 1988–1992 -- The Clinton Years and Beyond: From Abortion Politics to Abortion Policy -- Discussion Questions -- Time Line: Key Dates Concerning Abortion and Birth Control
Karen O’Connor is professor of government at American University. Prior to joining the faculty there in 1995, she was professor of political science and associate faculty in the Women's Studies Program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she taught since 1977. She is also a member of the Georgia bar. Professor O'Connor has published several books including Women, Politics and American Society (with Nancy McGlen, 1995), American Government: Roots and Reform (with Larry J. Sabato, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996), Public Interest Law Groups (with Lee Epstein, 1989), Women's Rights: The Struggle for Equality in the 19th and 20th Centuries (with Nancy E. McGlen, 1983), Women's Organizations' Use of the Courts (1980), and more than fifty articles in journals including the Harvard Journal of Law and Policy, Judicature, the Western Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Women & Politics, among others.