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ABORTION 1980: Battleground for Reproductive Rights


  • Jean Raisler C.N.M., M.S.

    1. Jean Raisler received her B.A. from the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, her B.S. in nursing from Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., and her M.S. from Columbia University, New York, N.Y. She is a staff nurse-midwife at San Francisco General Hospital.
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Our country is in turmoil over the question of abortion. The growing anti-abortion, Right To Life movement views the fetus as a person from the moment of conception, and regards abortion as murder. This movement has caused the cut-off of all federal and most state funding for abortions. Their goal is to make all abortion illegal in the United States. The abortion rights or Pro-Choice movement sees the decision of whether to have an abortion as a democratic right which must not be controlled by the state, church, or a political party. The Pro-Choice movement is organizing to keep abortion safe and legal. This article presents a history of abortion and an update on abortion legislation and the current situation. It analyzes the contended forces, and develops an overall context in which to view the struggle. Nurse-midwives are urged to take a strong stand in favor of abortion rights.