Loading, please wait...
:

product description page

Defenders of the Unborn : The Pro-Life Movement Before Roe V. Wade (Hardcover) (Daniel K. Williams)

Defenders of the Unborn : The Pro-Life Movement Before Roe V. Wade (Hardcover) (Daniel K. Williams) - image 1 of 1

About this item

On April 16, 1972, ten thousand people gathered in Central Park to protest New York's liberal abortion law. Emotions ran high, reflecting the nation's extreme polarization over abortion. Yet the divisions did not fall neatly along partisan or religious lines-the assembled protesters were far from a bunch of fire-breathing culture warriors. InDefenders of the Unborn, Daniel K. Williams reveals the hidden history of the pro-life movement in America, showing that a cause that many see as reactionary and anti-feminist began as a liberal crusade for human rights.For decades, the media portrayed the pro-life movement as a Catholic cause, but by the time of the Central Park rally, that stereotype was already hopelessly outdated. The kinds of people in attendance at pro-life rallies ranged from white Protestant physicians, to young mothers, to African American Democratic legislators-even the occasional member of Planned Parenthood. One of New York City's most vocal pro-life advocates was a liberal Lutheran minister who was best known for his civil rights activism and his protests against the Vietnam War. The language with which pro-lifers championed their cause was not that of conservative Catholic theology, infused with attacks on contraception and women's sexual freedom. Rather, they saw themselves as civil rights crusaders, defending the inalienable right to life of a defenseless minority: the unborn fetus. It was because of this grounding in human rights, Williams argues, that the right-to-life movement gained such momentum in the early 1960s. Indeed, pro-lifers were winning the battle before Roe v. Wade changed the course of history. Through a deep investigation of previously untapped archives, Williams presents the untold story of New Deal-era liberals who forged alliances with a diverse array of activists, Republican and Democrat alike, to fight for what they saw as a human rights cause. Provocative and insightful, Defendersof the Unborn is a must-read for anyone who craves a deeper understanding of a highly-charged issue.
Number of Pages: 365
Genre: History, Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: United States / 20th Century
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Daniel K. Williams
Language: English
Street Date: January 7, 2016
TCIN: 50460075
UPC: 9780199391646
Item Number (DPCI): 248-07-0940
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it. Report incorrect product info.
$28.45
MSRPReg: $29.95 Save $1.50 (5% off)
Shipping
In stock - free standard shipping with REDcard
Not in stores

Guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.


*See offer details. Restrictions apply. Pricing, promotions and availability may vary by location and at Target.com.