By Dorothy McBride Stetson
Containing the result of a cross-national examine venture on abortion politics in 11 democratic states (between the Sixties and 2000), this quantity marks significant development in abortion study. It develops a entire examine layout to envision even if women's coverage organizations (institutional teams meant to enhance the prestige of ladies) have functioned as useful and potent allies of women's routine. It explores their efforts to achieve entry to energy arenas and safe abortion legislation that coincide with feminist ambitions. certainly, those findings represent a rigorous program of comparative method to evaluate motives from social move and democratic conception relating adaptations in nation feminism and stream luck.
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Additional resources for Abortion Politics, Women's Movements, and the Democratic State: A Comparative Study of State Feminism (Gender and Politics Series)
Johanna Dohnal, who has served as Minister of Women's Affairs and was a veteran of the traditional Social Democratic women's movement, recalled in an interview that she was politically socialized a second time when she came in contact with these groups (Kopl 1983). * Women policy agency activities There was no formal state women's policy agency in Austria at the time of the first debate. Women bureaus and councils were established, instead, as a consequence of the debate over liberalization of the abortion law.
Dominant frame of the debate After the 1970-2 debate, the dominant frame of debate on the abortion issue privileged women's emancipation and self-determination. Social Democrat leaders continued first and foremost to frame the need for legalized abortion as a class problem. But the Social Democratic Party's women's organization, as well as younger functionaries and members, dominated party discussion by emphasizing that the right of a woman to terminate an unwanted pregnancy is a central part of women's liberation.
2 State Feminism and Policy Debates on Abortion in Austria Regina Kopl ••• INTRODUCTION For more than 100 years, Austrian abortion policy was more or less ruled by the 1852 law which banned abortion as a crime. Both the woman willingly trying to terminate pregnancy and the person performing the abortion were liable for punishment of up to five years in prison. But there were some legal exceptions. There was no punishment if the pregnant woman's life was in immediate danger or her physical and mental health would be greatly impaired by continuing the pregnancy, or if the pregnancy was due to rape and use offeree.
Abortion Politics, Women's Movements, and the Democratic State: A Comparative Study of State Feminism (Gender and Politics Series) by Dorothy McBride Stetson