Johanna Wilson
 
 
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Johanna Wilson feels that her project­showing how public opinion reflects and shapes abortion and maternal welfare policies­is particularly pertinent in highlighting how government policies affect the lives of women.  She feels that, as a future attorney, this research has given her the ability to grapple with the difficult questions she will certainly encounter.  Johanna suggests that research is most beneficial when students start early and find a topic of particular interest. triangle.gif (504 bytes)

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In the Western world, governments can limit or expand women's reproductive choices through their abortion and maternal welfare policies. In particular, poor and working-class women's reproductive choices are dependent upon maternal welfare and abortion policies.  Unlike women from the middle- and upper-class, women with low socioeconomic status often do not possess the resources necessary to obviate government restrictions (for example, traveling to a country with less stringent abortion policy or locating information about outside options).  Pursuing Mary Ann Glendon's (1989) focus on the discrepancy between the United States' and Europe's provisions for abortion and child-rearing, this paper examines how each country's policy choices constrain the available options for poor and working-class women in Sweden, Switzerland, the Republic of Ireland, and the United States.  Research shows that for poor and working-class women to have the most options, countries need to have liberal abortion and maternal welfare policies.triangle.gif (504 bytes)

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James N. Danziger

School of
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Johanna Wilson's research addresses the important question of what factors influence national policy on abortion.  The paper considers how prior policy traditions toward social services, and the religious values of the nation, may lead nations to adopt liberal or conservative policies toward abortion.   These ideas are examined by a policy comparison of four nations: the United States, Switzerland, the Republic of Ireland, and Sweden.  The results presented here not only show how new policies evolve from past policy traditions, but also, present an excellent example of thesis research at its best.triangle.gif (504 bytes)

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