Women's choices in comparative perspective: Abortion policies in late-developing catholic countries

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Abstract

Examination of abortion policy in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina allows for control of religion, level of development, and (with the exception of Italy) democratic history. Woman's right to choose to control her body is measured not only by laws on abortion but also by interpretation, access, and policy outcomes to determine how well countries have dealt with reproductive health and abortion in practice. There are three groups with distinct levels of reproductive rights and policies. Public opinion and women's social, economic, and political position do not explain this variation. Rather, the key factors are, first, class divisions and the differential mobilization of the Catholic church and feminists and, second, their relative influence on right and left politicians and the executive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-419+501
JournalComparative Politics
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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