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Doctors and Demonstrators: How Political Institutions Shape Abortion Law in the United States, Britain, and Canada

Drew Halfmann


Since Roe v. Wade, abortion has continued to be a divisive political issue in the United States. In contrast, it has remained primarily a medical issue in Britain and Canada despite the countries’ shared heritage. This book looks beyond simplistic cultural or religious explanations to find out why abortion politics and policies differ so dramatically in these otherwise similar countries. It argues that political institutions are the key. In the United States, federalism, judicial review, and a private healthcare system contributed to the public definition of abortion as an individual right rat ... More

Keywords: Roe v. Wade, abortion, political institutions, federalism, judicial review, private health care, individual right, political parties, pro-life groups

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226313429
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226313443.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Drew Halfmann, author