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Anti-abortion movements

Anti-abortion movements are involved in the abortion debate and advocate against both the practice of abortion and its legality. Modern anti-abortion movements generally began as countermovements in response to the decriminalization and legalization of elective abortion in various countries.


  • List of international pro-life organizations

External links

  1. ^ "History". Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. 
  2. ^ Holstein and Gubrium (2008). Handbook of Constructionist Research. Guilford Press. 
  3. ^ Goldstein, Norm, ed. The Associated Press Stylebook. Philadelphia: Basic Books, 2007.
  4. ^ Outshoorn, Joyce (1996). "The stability of compromise: Abortion politics in Western Europe". In Marianne Givens and Dorothy M. Stetson. Abortion politics: public policy in cross-cultural perspective. Routledge. p. 161. ...parliamentary decision are sustained by political parties which, in comparison to the United States, are deeply rooted in European society. The political parties have managed to regulate and pacify the political reform process, which in the decision-making stage marginalized opposition outside parliament. 
  5. ^ 'Agence France Presse'', 17 October 2009"'". 2009-10-17. Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  6. ^ a b c "Efrat". Retrieved 2011-11-16. 


See also

In Israel, the major anti-abortion organization is Efrat.[6] Efrat activists primarily raise funds to relieve the "financial and social pressures" on pregnant women so that they will not terminate their pregnancies.[6] Efrat is not known to do any other kind of activism.[6]


Anti-abortion advocacy in the United States is centered around the United States pro-life movement which started in the 1960s and '70s. A smaller movement is the consistent life ethic which started in 1983 and opposes any form of euthanasia, including abortion.

United States

In Spain, over one million demonstrators took part in a march in Madrid in October 2009 to protest plans by the government of José Luis Zapatero to legalize elective abortions and eliminate parental consent restrictions.[5]


In the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.

United Kingdom

The first specifically anti-abortion organization in France, March for Life in Paris attracting a few thousand demonstrators.


In Europe, abortion has been legalized through parliamentary acts. In Western Europe this has had the effect at once of both more closely regulating the use of abortion, and at the same time mediating and reducing the impact anti-abortion campaigns have had on the law.[4]

Each Life Matters demonstration in Madrid, Spain, on 17 October 2009.

Around the world

Many of the terms used in the debate are seen as political framing: they are terms used to validate one's own stance while invalidating the opposition's. For example, the labels "pro-choice" and "pro-life" imply endorsement of widely held values such as liberty and freedom, while suggesting that the opposition must be "anti-choice" or "anti-life" (alternatively "pro-coercion" or "pro-death").[2] The Associated Press favors the terms "abortion rights" and "anti-abortion" instead.[3]



  • Terminology 1
  • Around the world 2
    • France 2.1
    • United Kingdom 2.2
    • Spain 2.3
    • United States 2.4
    • Israel 2.5
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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