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Abortion Liberalization in World Society, 1960-2009

Title
Abortion Liberalization in World Society, 1960-2009
Authors
Boyle, Elizabeth H.Kim, MinzeeLonghofer, Wesley
Ewha Authors
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SCOPUS Author ID
김민지scopus
Issue Date
2015
Journal Title
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY
ISSN
0002-9602JCR Link1537-5390JCR Link
Citation
vol. 121, no. 3, pp. 882 - 913
Publisher
UNIV CHICAGO PRESS
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
Controversy sets abortion apart from other issues studied by world society theorists, who consider the tendency for policies institutionalized at the global level to diffuse across very different countries. The authors conduct an event history analysis of the spread (however limited) of abortion liberalization policies from 1960 to 2009. After identifying three dominant frames (a women's rights frame, a medical frame, and a religious, natural family frame), the authors find that indicators of a scientific, medical frame show consistent association with liberalization of policies specifying acceptable grounds for abortion. Women's leadership roles have a stronger and more consistent liberalizing effect than do countries' links to a global women's rights discourse. Somewhat different patterns emerge around the likelihood of adopting an additional policy, controlling for first policy adoption. Even as support for women's autonomy has grown globally, with respect to abortion liberalization, persistent, powerful frames compete at the global level, preventing robust policy diffusion.
DOI
10.1086/682827
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