Cover

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Half Title, Series Info, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-vii

I am indebted to Linda K. Kerber for sharing her recipe for studying the past: ask serious questions, investigate tirelessly the context that shaped people’s experiences, and write honestly, with an eye for originality. I am grateful to Johanna Schoen for her wise counsel and her enthusiasm for this book. Thank you to Douglas Baynton, Constance Berman, Colin Gordon, Sarah Hanley, ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

Women against Abortion traces the history of women in the American antiabortion movement by exploring the actions and writings of those who shaped the trajectory of the largest moral reform movement of the late twentieth century. This story begins in the late 1960s, with Marjory Mecklenburg’s work to shift antiabortion leaders’ attention from the rights of fetuses to the needs of pregnant women. ...

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1. The Emergence of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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pp. 9-34

The most popular form of antiabortion activism in the twenty-first century hides in plain sight, in strip malls and small office complexes in nearly every city and town in the United States. Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) emerged in the 1960s and soon became the most commonplace and influential site of antiabortion activism. Sometimes called “pregnancy resource centers” CPCs ...

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2. The Invention of Postabortion Syndrome

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pp. 35-55

Women who operated at the grass roots to change Americans’ perceptions about life, death, and health paved the way for the erosion of women’s right to abortion in the post-Roe era. With its 2007 Gonzales v. Carhart decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003, which banned—in all circumstances—a particular abortion procedure, intact dilation and extraction. ...

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3. Feminist Catholic Women’s Grassroots Antiabortion Activism

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pp. 56-74

In 1980, Juli Loesch assembled a group of Catholic women near the Pentagon to bring attention to Prolifers for Survival, a 2,500-member organization devoted to opposing nuclear weapons and abortion. Loesch and two nurse-midwives enacted a skit from Exodus in which Egyptian midwives defied Pharaoh’s orders to kill Hebrew boys. ...

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4. Women and the Rescue Movement

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pp. 75-99

In 1986, Joan Andrews crowned a thirteen-year career of terrorizing abortion providers when she organized an invasion of an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida. In the melee that followed, the intruders shoved two employees to the ground, causing one to suffer permanent neck, shoulder, and ear damage.1 ...

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5. Women and Lethal Violence in the Antiabortion Movement

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pp. 100-136

On August 17, 1993, Rachelle “Shelley” Shannon approached a handful of pro-life activists who picketed each day at Dr. George Tiller’s abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas. Introducing herself as “Ann from Sacramento,” Shannon joined the protestors to distribute pamphlets to passersby and to shout at patients as they left the clinic.1 ...

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Epilogue: The Legacies of Women’s Work in the Antiabortion Movement

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pp. 137-148

Shortly after she began serving her thirty-year sentence for the attempted murder of Dr. George Tiller, Shelley Shannon received a letter from her friend, Scott Roeder, who was eager to reconnect with the most recent heroine of the rescue movement. Roeder lived in Topeka, Kansas, located 140 miles northeast of Wichita, where Shannon had shot Tiller. ...

Notes

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pp. 149-184

Bibliography

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pp. 185-212

Index

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pp. 213-220

About the Author

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Further Series Titles

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