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"Abortion in American History" (May 1997)
The year after abortion was legalized in New York State, the maternal-mortality rate there dropped By 45 percent -- one reason why legalization can be seen as "a public-health triumph." By Katha Pollitt

"On Abortion: A Lincolnian Position" (September 1995)
Principled yet pragmatic, Lincoln's stand on slavery offers a basis for a new politics of civility that is at once anti-abortion and pro-choice. By George McKenna

"The Battle For Saliency" (October 1992)
"Politicians have one thing in common with voters: they don't want to think about the abortion issue. They want to demobilize the debate and get the issue off the agenda. That is especially true for Republicans." By William Schneider

"Feminism and Abortion" (April 1990)
Pro-choice arguments, the author says, reflect the ambitions, hypocrisies, and contradictions of contemporary feminism. By Martha Bayles

"When is an Abortion Not an Abortion?" (May 1975)
"There is likely to be an increasing number of these hard decisions as artificial placentas, or test tube babies, are developed, and as doctors learn to keep alive the old and sick." By Seth Mydans

"Death, Legal and Illegal" (February 1974)
Shifts are occurring, writes Catholic theologian Maguire, that "reflect a recognition that we have overestimated our right to kill in a military setting, and underestimated it in some medical and private settings." By Daniel C. Maguire

"The Right of Abortion" (June 1969)
"Until such time as we have a perfect contraceptive universally available and invariably used, voluntary abortion should be infinitely preferred to compulsory sterilization or compulsory birth control, and that may well be the choice." By Harriet Pilpel

"One Woman's Abortion" (August 1965)
Each year for hundreds of thousands of American women there is a wide gulf between what the law forbids and what they feel they must do. The author of this article, whose credentials are trusted by The Atlantic, is a college graduate in her forty-sixth year, the mother of three children, living with her husband and family in one of the many commuter communities in the East. By Mrs. X

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