Rising and Falling: Abortions Performed in the United States, 1973–2000
Pro-life tactics to prevent abortions have ranged from the bureaucratic and legislative to the militant. Pro-life bureaucrats have sought to place several restrictions on the use of family planning funds for abortion counseling, often requiring separate accounting procedures to ensure that family planning programs receiving federal financial assistance are untainted by the mention of the “a word.” Foreign aid administrators have promoted natural family planning methods in the Third World and denied assistance to the UN and to governments, such as that of China, that encourage abortions. Pro-life lobbyists tack abortion amendments onto every possible bill going through Congress to restrict the bill’s application to abortion. They held up the Civil Rights Restoration Act, (see chapter 5 for discussion of this act), for four years over the abortion issue. They seek to ban specific abortion procedures.