Abortion freedom: a worldwide movement
A review of changes in abortion laws around the world is presented. The author notes that in the period from 1967 to 1982 over 40 countries adopted changes in the law making induced abortion more available, and only 3 passed legislation making it more restricted. As a consequence, two-thirds of women now live in countries where laws permit abortion on request or on a wide variety of grounds. This book concentrates on the reasons for this worldwide movement and considers the possibility of further change. The history of the debate on fertility control in general is first presented. The author then looks at abortion law and change in the United Kingdom and in the United States and reviews subsequent events in those countries following liberalization of the law. Changes in laws around the world in the modern period are also described.