The Making of Pro-life Activists: How Social Movement by Ziad W. Munson

By Ziad W. Munson

How do humans turn into activists for motives they care deeply approximately? many of us with related backgrounds, for example, fervently think that abortion could be unlawful, yet just some of them subscribe to the pro-life circulate. via delving into the lives and ideology of activists and nonactivists alike, Ziad W. Munson is ready to lucidly learn the variations among them.Through broad interviews and specific reports of pro-life businesses around the kingdom, Munson makes the startling discovery that many activists meet up ahead of they advance robust ideals approximately abortion—in truth, a few are even pro-choice sooner than their mobilization. for that reason, Munson concludes, dedication to a topic is usually a end result instead of a reason behind activism.The Making of Pro-life Activists presents a compelling new version of the way humans develop into activists whereas additionally providing a penetrating research of the complicated courting among faith, politics, and the pro-life circulation. coverage makers, activists on each side of the difficulty, and someone looking to know how social activities take form will locate this e-book crucial.

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In other words, she agreed because she wanted to please someone she knew personally, not because she considered herself pro-life. In fact, Linda had spent much of her life predisposed to the pro-choice point of view: “By the time I knew what abortion was, I was already sensitive to the feminist movement. I think that I was always a bit of a feminist in the sense that girls can do anything boys can do, and probably better. ” As a young woman, Linda was committed to many of the causes championed by the civil rights and peace movements.

She agreed but was not in fact opposed to abortion at the time. As she explains, she went out of a sense of 18 LE A RNING TO C A RE personal obligation to Dr. Mecklenburg, a man who had helped her through a difficult pregnancy and someone she considered a “casual” friend. In other words, she agreed because she wanted to please someone she knew personally, not because she considered herself pro-life. In fact, Linda had spent much of her life predisposed to the pro-choice point of view: “By the time I knew what abortion was, I was already sensitive to the feminist movement.

Getting involved in pro-life activism changed her mind. 11 Glen’s and Linda’s experiences are echoed by other activists who had previously considered themselves pro-choice. Josh, a direct-action activist in Oklahoma City whom we will learn more about in chapter 5, was pro-choice before his involvement with the pro-life movement. “Before that [a pro-life rally] I basically thought it sounded great that women had the right to choose what they do with their body and all that stuff,” he says. ” ( N I C K Y, 37, C H A R L E S TO N ) I just thought abortion was a small little issue.

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