Abortion continues to challenge established political alignments; the virulent, divisive arguments it causes will continue to affect political agendas. This unique collection examines in-depth the interplay of abortion politics with various political, cultural, and institutional arrangements. These original essays are exceptional in their study of the impact the abortion issue has had on a wide variety of liberal democratic political systems. Writers examine policy in eight countries (including the United States), then reveal and analyze the similarities and often vast differences between methods of dealing with abortion. This study's combination of methodological variety and precise focus make it a fundamental, indispensable guide to understanding the complexities of abortion politics.