To Offer Compassion: A History Of The Clergy Consultation Service On Abortion by Doris Andrea DirksTo Offer Compassion: A History Of The Clergy Consultation Service On Abortion by Doris Andrea Dirks

To Offer Compassion: A History Of The Clergy Consultation Service On Abortion

byDoris Andrea Dirks, Patricia A. Relf

Hardcover | May 16, 2017

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In 1967, when abortion was either illegal or highly restricted in every U.S. state, a group of ministers and rabbis formed to counsel women with unwanted pregnancies-including referral to licensed physicians willing to perform the procedure. By 1973, when the Roe v. Wade court decision made abortion legal nationwide, the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion (CCS) had spread from coast to coast, referred hundreds of thousands of women for safe abortions without a single fatality, become a medical consumer advocacy group, and opened its own clinic in New York City.

As religious leaders spoke out on issues of civil rights, peace, or poverty, CCS members were also called to action by the suffering of women who had approached them for help. Overwhelmingly male, white, affluent, and middle-aged, these mainline Protestant and Jewish clergy were nonetheless outspoken advocates for the rights of women, particularly poor women. To Offer Compassion is 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.
Doris Andrea Dirks is a senior academic planner with the University of Wisconsin System Administration. Patricia A. Relf is a freelance writer.
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Title:To Offer Compassion: A History Of The Clergy Consultation Service On AbortionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:May 16, 2017Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0299311309

ISBN - 13:9780299311308

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                   Preface              Introduction                 1 How Can It Not Be Legal?                2 The Push for Change                        3 To Offer Compassion                       4 The Network Grows             5 The Women              6 Brushes with the Law                       7 A Different Kind of Radical Group              8 Available and Affordable                 9 Roe v. Wade and Beyond                    Appendix A: Clergy Statement on Abortion Law Reform and Consultation Service on Abortion                    Appendix B: Questionnaire Completed by Chicago CCS Counselors for Each Counselee, February 1970                 Appendix C: Referral Guidelines for Clergy Consultation Service Chapters                Appendix D: Statistics: Sampling of 6,455 Women Seen by New York Clergy Consultation Service              Notes               Major Works Cited                  Interviews Cited                       Index

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"Provide[s] critically important social history that too many in today's abortion wars have never known or chosen to forget." -Publishers Weekly, starred review