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Society: Issues: Abortion

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Abortion: All Sides of the Issue site describes the issues and various religious and ethical perspectives.

Abortion and Ethics
Effective meta-site containing facilitated access to relevant articles, books, court decisions, and current news articles. Biographical guide, discussion forum, Internet resources.

The Abortion Debate
One person's attempt to take a rational look at the abortion debate, exposing flaws in the arguments on both sides. This is the preface from The Abortion Debate, a booklet for sale.

Abortion Debates and Polls
Pro and Con forum.

Abortion: History of Abortion in the United States
Article on the history of abortion in the United States, plus links to further information on abortion in the US and around the world. Includes prochoice and prolife links.

Abortion in Law, History, and Religion
Outlines the history of abortion, restrictions on it, different religious views of abortion, and its current and evolving legal status around the world.

Abortion Issues -
Information, features, and web links on the issue and on pro-life and pro-choice views.

Abortion Law Development: A Brief Overview
An overview of legislative issues and court rulings affecting the abortion issue, including federal funding of abortion, partial birth abortion, parental notification, and spousal consent.

Abortion Policies: A Global Review
United Nations Population Division report on abortion laws and policies around the world, including a country-by-country survey. [Documents are in PDF and DOC formats.]

About: Women's Issues - Abortion Statistics
Abortion statistics reflecting world abortions, United States abortions, demographics of women receiving abortions and reasons for obtaining an abortion.

About: Women's Issues - Partial Birth Abortion
Gives the history and controversy of partial birth abortion, including the current status in the government.

Almanac of Policy Issues: Abortion
News, background information, and links on abortion policy, including Roe v. Wade, RU-486, fetal tissue research, and related issues.

Civic Practices Network: Common Ground
Describes how pro-life and pro-choice groups use dialogue and shared concerns to find common ground.

A Doctor's Right to Choose
Gives the views from the medical profession's standpoint on political actions that could hamper the types of procedures performed on women ending pregnancies. From Salon Magazine.

Dr. Henry Morgentaler: Fighting Canada's Abortion Laws
CBC archives of news reports and analyses on the abortion issue, focused on the Montreal doctor who broke the law and opened an abortion clinic in 1969. Includes TV and radio clips and educational materials.

Fairfield County Weekly: Roe v. Wade
Five articles about abortion in America before the Roe v. Wade decision. One is a personal account of the reasons for being a pro-life activist. The other four look at various aspects of the history of abortion in the U.S., from a pro-choice perspective.

Fetal Psychology
Research study published in Psychology Today (Oct. 1998) addresses the relative developmental capabilities of the human fetus at particular gestation points. Relevant to abortion considerations.

Frontline: Abortion Clinic
A PBS archived documentary on an abortion clinic in Chester, Pennsylvania, along with an investigation on the women who went there and why. (April 18, 1983)

Is it Possible to be both "Pro-Life" and "Pro-Choice"?
Essay by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan seeking a middle ground in the abortion debate.

Just Facts - Abortion
Large collection of short "facts" about scientific, constitutional, political and other aspects of the abortion debate. Fully footnoted to identify the sources of the information.

Kaiser Daily Health Reports: Reproductive Health
Daily reports on reproductive issues; often includes abortion-related news.

The Morality of Abortion: A Critique
Personal philosophical essay that concludes that both pro-choice and pro-life positions, as understood by the author, contain anti-intuitive premises.

On Abortion: A Lincolnian Position
Principled yet pragmatic, Lincoln's stand on slavery offers a basis for a new politics of civility that is at once anti-abortion and pro-choice. Published in the Atlantic Monthly, September 1995.

Planned Parenthood v. Casey
Supreme Court verdict on five provisions of the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act of 1982.

Pro Choice Talk
An issue neutral, free public forum organization for abortion debate. Contains articles, essays, member posted facts, quotes and different views on the legal abortion issue.

Resources on Abortion
Includes definitions of important terms, background information on abortion law, news stories about the issue, and various opinions. Produced for the Ohio University Computer Assisted Language Learning Lab.

Respect for Life
An organization that calls itself anti-abortion yet pro-choice, and seeks to keep abortion legal and lessen it through increased birth control iniatives.

Roe v. Wade (1973)
The U.S. Supreme Court decision which struck down many state laws restricting abortion. At the Legal Information Institue (Cornell University).

RU486 and the Abortion Issue, by Cartoonists
Collection of political cartoons about the abortion issue from newspaper editorial cartoonists around the world.

Stenberg v. Carhart
U.S. Supreme Court opinions on the controversial Nebraska partial-birth abortion case. Hosted by Cornell's Legal Information Institute.

Summary of Abortion Laws Around the World
Gives abortion laws and restrictions in over 192 nations and territories.

Ultimate Abortion Law Homepage
Text and commentary on Roe v. Wade and its successors. Other legal elements of abortion issue including state and canon law.


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