Fighting the “hurricane winds” of abortion liberalization: Americans United for life and the struggle for self-definition before Roe v. Wade

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    Abstract

    In 1971, anti-abortion leaders in the United States came together to establish a new national organization, Americans United for Life (AUL). In its first year, AUL struggled to put ecumenism into practice and deliberated over how best to spread its message. After months of often-bitter debate, right-to-lifers in AUL chose compromise over absolutism and education over protest. They positioned themselves within the secular rather than the theological realm and rejected emotive, ideological, or partisan appeals. They envisaged an anti-abortion activism that could transcend religious and political divisions, believing that only this approach would facilitate the growth of a truly mass right-to-life citizenry.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)131-155
    Number of pages25
    JournalThe Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture
    Volume11
    Issue number2
    Early online date2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2018

    Keywords

    • abortion
    • Right-to-life movement
    • Americans United for Life
    • social movements
    • religion
    • sexual revolution
    • activism

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