Abortion: A Documentary and Reference Guide.

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Rose, Melody. Abortion: A Documentary and Reference Guide. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2008; www.greenwood.com.

This reference work explores the evolution of America's abortion debate with over forty primary documents by doctors, feminists, religious leaders, politicians, extremists, and judges from the 19th century to the present day It not only examines key laws and court cases that have determined abortion policy, but offers insight into America's changing attitudes towards women, race, the medical field, and the role of government. Memoirs of early abortion providers, excerpts from popular women's self-help books, the complete text of Pope Paul VI's Humanae Vitae, and personal writings from key pro-abortion and pro-life figures on both sides of the debate provide a more complete picture of an issue that is deeply personal, deeply divisive, and anything but clear-cut.

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