Perspectives on the Politics of Abortion examines the abortion issue from ethical, empirical, and legal angles and offers some rather unconventional analyses and surprising conclusions with regard to this familiar issue. One chapter argues that the emphasis on rights has made illegal and occasionally violent activity on the part of pro-life activists increasingly likely. Ather chapter suggests that abortion is an instance of the more general right to self-defense. A chapter considers the problem of abortion from the standpoint of participants in the political process. And chapters examine the political tactics of the Roman Catholic Church and abortion rights in terms of constitutional due process. This important volume adds new voices and perspectives to the abortion debate.
TED G. JELEN is Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. An expert on the relationship between religion and politics, he is the author or editor of eight books including, Political World of the Clergyaeger, 1993) and Political Mobilization of Religious Beliefsaeger, 1991).