ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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EASTEUROPE-Beginning, Not End

subject of debate for more than a decade. The process of liberalisation began in the 1970s when in the famous Roe vs Wade case the Supreme Court recognised women's right to abortion. But the demand to legalise abortion taken up by a dynamic and growing women's movement was pitted against a church-backed right-wing reaction which wait both anti-abortion and anti-contraception. This opposition to abortion became concretised with the reversal of the Roe vs Wade decision in 1989 and many American states passed laws outlawing abortion. These circumstances gave rise to violent reactions to attempts to reopen the debate. The Reagan era with its emphasis on so-called family values and its support to Christian orthodoxy spurred the right to life movements who pitted foetal rights against the case for legalising abortion. In states where they were permitted to operate, abortion clinics were attacked and doctors and health workers who performed or assisted in abortions were threatened. In Florida a doctor was murdered by these extremist groups. In all this/the medical profession has taken an ambigudus stand. While it has condemned the crimmalisation of abortion, it has taken no clear 'stand on abortion as a woman's right. In fact, even historically it was the American Medical Association which had in 1859 demanded that the practice of abortion be banned. This has been true of most other medical groups in developed countries {EPW, November 27, 1993).

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