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Regulating Abortion

The Politics of US Abortion Policy

Explores the historical development and severe ramifications of America's strict abortion regulations.

Nearly one in four women in the United States undergoes an abortion during their life. In Regulating Abortion, Deborah R. McFarlane and Wendy L. Hansen uncover the history of the complex web of regulations surrounding abortion in the United States and shed light on the stark reality of this heavily regulated and politically divisive health care service.

McFarlane and Hansen delve into the historical development of abortion regulations since Roe v. Wade. They explore the underlying reasons for the extensive regulation of what they assert is a routine and safe medical procedure. The authors examine the multitude of factors that influence state-level abortion policies, including party affiliation, religion, the representation of women in legislatures, and political contributions. By demonstrating how these factors shape the landscape of abortion regulation across different states, they reveal the varying methods and justifications used to either restrict or protect abortion access, with a particular focus on the disproportionate impacts on women of color.

The recent landmark US Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization overturned long-standing precedents. McFarlane and Hansen provide timely insights into the implications of this ruling and how it further amplifies the disparities among states in regulating abortion. An essential resource for understanding the influences driving this divide, Regulating Abortion offers a comprehensive analysis of US abortion policy contextualized by relevant Supreme Court decisions and a comparative exploration of abortion regulation in Western Europe.

About the Authors

Deborah R. McFarlane, DrPH, is a professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. She is the coauthor of The Politics of Fertility Control: Family Planning and Abortion Policies in the American States and the editor of Global Population and Reproductive Health. Wendy L. Hansen, PhD, is a professor of political science at the University of New Mexico.

Endorsements

"Regulating Abortion is a well-researched compendium of everything political scientists and policy scholars need to know about US abortion regulation, beginning with its early history through myriad court cases to state policies that are wildly disparate and unfair, especially to poor women. Abortion regulation matters, and this book explains why."

- Carol S. Weissert, Florida State University

"Regulating Abortion skillfully navigates the challenging landscape of abortion restrictions, shining light on the many ways in which abortion care is marginalized and contributes to health inequities in the United States. This thoroughly researched work is essential for the reader seeking a nuanced understanding of the genesis and impacts of state and federal abortion restrictions."

- Eve Espey, MD, MPH, University of New Mexico

"A comprehensive analysis of the current politics of abortion in the United States. McFarlane and Hansen document the slippery slope of regulation into prohibition and its negative impact on public health. A must-read for scholars of public health, public policy, and political science."

- Kenneth J. Meier, American University

"A must-read for anyone seeking to understand how the long and tortured history of abortion regulation has resulted in an environment in which access to abortion depends crucially on who you are and where you live."

- Caitlyn Myers, Middlebury College

"Regulating Abortion delivers a meticulous investigation of state-level abortion policies spanning the past three decades. McFarlane and Hansen's work illuminates the inequitable reality of how women of color and poor women continue to bear the harshest consequences of unjust regulatory policies which have eroded access to abortion services."

- Alesha E. Doan, author of Abortion Regret: The New Attack on Reproductive Freedom

"Relying heavily on the fields of political science and public health, this book provides detailed and rich quantitative analyses of abortion regulation in the United States prior to and after the Dobbs decision, revealing how the US judicial system never fully protected the right to abortion. A necessary read for any scholar of abortion regulation."

- Tracy Weitz, American University
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