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Meet PSU Author: Melody Rose, Ph.D.
Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 3:00pm

What: Reading from Melody Rose's new book: Safe, Legal, and Unavailable?
(Question and Answer to follow)

Where: Women's Resource Center, 1802 SW 10th (lower level), Portland State University


Safe, Legal and Unavailable? evaluates abortion policy in the United States. Melody Rose examines abortion as a social regulatory policy, thoughtfully and thoroughly chronicling the erosion of abortion rights and availability since Roe. Paying respect to all views of this controversial topic in her engaging new book, Rose explores the success of the right-to-life movement in accumulating local and national policies that restrict access to abortion while enhancing fetal protections. In addition to a basic and brief primer on the practice and history of abortion, Rose considers the roles played by the courts, political parties, and interest groups in constructing barriers to abortion. With an examination of public opinion poll data and a look at both state and national statutory prohibitions on abortion, Rose also shows how powerful language wars have resulted in material policy alterations.


Melody Rose teaches courses in American government and politics at the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. She holds degrees from U.C. Santa Cruz (B.A. with honors and Phi Beta Kappa, 1988) and Cornell University (Masters in Public Affairs, 1991; M.A. in Government, 1995; Ph.D. in Government, 1997). She has authored a number of articles and book chapters on social and election policy. Most recently, she is the author of Safe, Legal, and Unavailable? (2006, CQ Press), a book evaluating US abortion policy. Rose is presently writing two additional books. One, entitled She Flies with Her Own Wings, is an analysis of the oral histories of Oregon's first elected political women. The other is an encyclopedia of primary source documents on abortion history.


This event is sponsored by:

The Women's Resource Center, PSU

In Other Words Bookstore

The Department of Women's Studies



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