Opposition and Intimidation: The Abortion Wars and Strategies of Political Harassment

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by Alesha E. Doan

Non-fiction (U.S.),
Publisher: University of Michigan, 2007
ISBN: paper 978-0-472-06975-0. Ebook 978-0-472-02302-8
Order: University of Michigan

The abortion fight has long been a crucible of political tactics, with both sides employing strategies ranging from litigation to civil disobedience to outright violence. Anti-abortion activists have arguably been more tactically innovative than their pro-choice peers. Opposition and Intimidation looks at how their use of political harassment fits—or doesn’t—with more conventional political efforts in the struggle over abortion.

Alesha Doan’s insightful interviews and observations powerfully portray anti-abortion activists‘ relationship to the objects of their protest. Her portrait is augmented by thorough quantitative analysis of harassment’s role within the movement’s multitiered strategy—a strategy that Doan shows has forced a decline in the availability and popularity of abortions. Using her unique study of the anti-abortion movement as a model, Doan extends her findings to propose a novel and valuable theory of the new politics of harassment.