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To Offer Compassion: A History of the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion
by Doris Andrea Dirks and Patricia A. Relf
University of Wisconsin Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-0-299-31130-8 | Paper: 978-0-299-31134-6 | eISBN: 978-0-299-31138-4
Library of Congress Classification HQ767.5.U5D57 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 261.83219888

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In 1967, when abortion was either illegal or highly restricted in every U.S. state, a group of ministers and rabbis founded the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion (CSS) to counsel women with unwanted pregnancies—including referral to licensed physicians willing to perform the procedure. By the time Roe v. Wade made abortion legal nationwide in 1973, CCS had grown into a surprisingly outspoken national medical consumer and women’s rights advocacy group. To Offer Compassion offers a detailed history of this unique and largely forgotten movement, drawing on extensive interviews with original participants and on primary documents from the CCS’s operations.
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