Medicine And Multimedia

Abortion: Between Freedom and Necessity

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 21 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1840
  1. Stuart WG Derbyshire, research fellow
  1. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PET Facility, USA

    Janet Hadley: Temple University Press, £16.99, pp 250 ISBN 1 56639 506 2

    This book documents the rise and current fall of extreme antiabortion activity in the United States. Organisations such as “Operation Rescue,” which thought it acceptable to shoot at doctors working in abortion clinics, repelled moderate antiabortion activists and voters. The Republican party, which had courted antiabortion votes, lost the election.

    Hadley rightly comments, however, that this is no cause for celebration or complacency from those who support abortion. Clinton may be vaguely “pro-choice,” but he has done little to prevent antiabortionists from chipping away at abortion legislation, “virtually eliminating abortion …

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