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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Klimash, Maria
Author's Email Address me.klimash@gmail.com
URN etd-04032008-144658
Title Roe v. Wade and Its Progeny: The Impact of State Legislative and Judicial Actions on Abortion Rates in Five States
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Stacy Haynie Committee Chair
James Garand Committee Member
William Clark Committee Member
Keywords
  • legislative policy
  • judicial policy
Date of Defense 2008-03-28
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
By looking at the courts and legislatures as agents of social change, this study seeks to assess the impact of judicial decisions in a particularly contentious area, the right to bodily privacy. Specifically, I seek to understand the competing effects of state supreme court decisions and state statutes on the consumers of their public policy choices. Past studies have found conflicting results concerning the impact of court decisions. Literature assessing the effect of legislation finds that statutes, which are specific in nature, engender significant effects. For this study I focus specifically on court decisions and legislation that are concerned with access to reproductive services, and their impact on abortion rates within five states: Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, and Massachusetts from 1973 through 2000. My preliminary analysis suggests that both legislative and judicial actions have significant effects, though not necessarily in the intended direction.
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