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Abortion Politics, Women's Movements, and the Democratic by Dorothy McBride Stetson

By Dorothy McBride Stetson

Containing the result of a cross-national study venture on abortion politics in 11 democratic states (between the Nineteen Sixties and 2000), this quantity marks significant growth in abortion study. It develops a complete examine layout to envision even if women's coverage companies (institutional teams meant to enhance the prestige of girls) have functioned as invaluable and potent allies of women's routine. It explores their efforts to realize entry to strength arenas and safe abortion legislation that coincide with feminist targets. certainly, those findings represent a rigorous software of comparative method to evaluate reasons from social circulation and democratic thought touching on diversifications in country feminism and move good fortune.

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In Austria, as in France, mifegyne is to be used only in public or private clinics and hospitals. Debate on retaining the existing law was not reopened in Parliament, despite the highly emotional debate in the media over abortion on demand, so there was no further policy action. * Women's movement impact The women's movement's impact was a dual response on the question of authorizing mifegyne and reopening the legislative debate. Mifegyne became available to Austrian women in clinics and hospitals as an alternative to surgical abortion.

REGINA KOPL 3 * The Abortion Debates in Belgium 1974-1990 Karen Cells ••• INTRODUCTION Abortion was legally prohibited in Belgium until 1990, first banned by the Napoleonic Penal Code of 1810 and later by the law of 1867. This 1867 reform redefined the abortion issue from being a 'crime against the person' to a 'crime against family order and public morality'. The law punished both the woman who underwent the abortion and the doctors and midwives performing it, as well as other 'accomplices' like pharmacists.

The parties represented in Parliament are highly disciplined and operate under the control of their leaders. The MPs vote along party lines, meaning that the party or the coalition of parties representing the government is able to get a majority of votes in final decision-making. Thus, a party or coalition of parties that is in control of the legislature and the executive is able to pass and implement policies. Parties in opposition are relatively powerless as far as the legislative process is concerned, and use the assembly as a deliberating forum.

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