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How political institutions shape abortion law in the United States, Britain and Canada

Halfmann, Drew (2013) How political institutions shape abortion law in the United States, Britain and Canada. LSE Health and Social Care (06 Mar 2013). Website.

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The topic of abortion is a complex and controversial one for most contemporary societies, with the arguments around it consisting of multiple dimensions including population control, sanctity of life, freedom of choice and parental consent, to name but a few. In a recent lecture, the director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Professor Craig Calhoun, promised a provocative discussion as Drew Halfmann, University of Calfornia, argued that political institutions have been, and are, key in the development and implementation of abortion policies. In his book Doctors and Demonstrators, Drew Halfmann looks at how three countries, Britain, Canada and the United States have differed significantly in their policies on abortion despite sharing similar heritage and culture. Here we look at how gatekeeping evolved in all three countries, which actors influenced policy and the how abortion became so politicised in the US.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 18 May 2017 13:01
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 07:14

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