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Souls, Bodies, Spirits : The Drive to Abolish Abortion Since 1973, Hardback Book

Souls, Bodies, Spirits : The Drive to Abolish Abortion Since 1973 Hardback


Jacoby provides a comprehensive social history of the abortion abolition campaign from its beginnings following Roe v.

Wade through the 1996 elections. She explores the abortion abolition effort historically, sociologically, theologically, and politically, arguing for a deepened understanding of American abortion opponents. The history of the abortion abolition effort in America is examined through three different approaches to the understanding of collective behavior.

Beginning with the immediate post-Roe period, the movement is explored as a Catholic moral crusade, and Jacoby analyzes why Catholic Americans were particularly prone to such activity as well as why otherwise theologically compatible Protestants were not.

She then examines the effort as a major social movement beginning around 1980.

Finally, the late-1980s development of direct action activity, most notably in the form of Operation Rescue, is viewed in light of its connection to the theology and expectations of religious revivalism.

In her conclusions, Jacoby provides a new model for understanding faith-based political action.

Students, teachers, and the general public will find this book a thorough, comprehensive, and accessible examination of the movement.




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