Abortion Politics in the Federal Courts

Right Versus Right

by Barbara M. Yarnold


Offers a public law analysis of the political and legal progeny of Roe v. Wade.

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May 1995


Pages 176
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/U.S. Public Policy and Administration
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In this analysis of federal court cases relying upon the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, the author finds that the pro-life movement in the United States has suffered repeated losses in abortion litigation. Additionally, her research indicates that, despite claims to the contrary, the pro-life movement is a loose collection of underfunded and understaffed public interest organizations. The pro-choice forces are vastly more powerful in abortion litigation, have superior organization and financing, and include not only public interest groups but also private interests such as clinics and professional medical organizations. Divided into three parts, the study begins with a public law analysis of the progeny of Roe cases, examining those variables which appear to impact court decisions. Next the work examines political factors and litigation resources as variables in explaining court decisions. And finally, the work offers a descriptive analysis of abortion litigants which divides the groups into major categories and evaluates them in terms of their resources, longevity, and other such factors. This book will be of interest to those seriously interested in the political and legal ramifications of the abortion controversy.

Table of Contents

IntroductionJudicial OutputsDo Courts Respond to the Political Clout of Groups or to Their Superior Litigation Resources/Repeat-Player Status?Organizational Players in Abortion Litigation in the Federal CourtsConclusionBibliography



Yarnold's book is a timely one on a major public issue, and her good, recent data on the abortion lobbying groups give the book a special appeal....Yarnold's work is a serious piece of writing on an important and significant national issue.— The Law and Politics Book Review

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