Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements

The Right-to-Life Movement, the Reagan Administration, and the Politics of Abortion

Authors: Flowers, Prudence

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  • Offers an in-depth analysis of the loyalty that developed between the right-to-life movement and the Reagan administration
  • Explores the various factions within this movement during the 1980s, differentiating between the Religious Right, the Catholic Church, pro-life Republican politicians and pro-life organizations
  • Shows how political access transformed the right-to-life cause and how this strategy continued to shape these organizations’ alliance with the Republican Party for decades
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This book offers a political, ideological, and social history of the national right-to-life movement in the 1980s under President Ronald Reagan. It analyzes anti-abortion engagement with the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, and offers what is frequently a narrative of disappointment and factionalism. The chapters explore pro-life responses to Supreme Court vacancies, attempts to pass a constitutional amendment, and broader legislative and bureaucratic strategies, including successful campaigns against international and domestic family planning programs. The book suggests that the 1980s transformed the anti-abortion cause, limiting the types of ideas and approaches possible at a national level. Although the movement later claimed Reagan as a "pro-life hero," while he was President right-to-lifers continuously struggled with the gap between his words and deeds. They also had a fraught relationship with the broader Republican Party. This book charts the political education of right-to-lifers, offering insights into social movement activism and conservatism in the late twentieth century.

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Prudence Flowers is a lecturer at Flinders University, Australia. She teaches and researches United States history. She has published on first-wave feminism and the temperance movement in the late nineteenth century and on anti-abortion activism in the 1970s and 1980s.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Right-to-Life Movement, the Reagan Administration, and the Politics of Abortion
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-01707-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-01707-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-01706-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 160
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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