ABORTION AND THE CULTURE WAR
As part of the test for this chapter, you will be asked to write an essay analyzing the current debate over abortion issues in terms of the broader “culture war.” You will be given the exact prompt on the day of the test, but a thorough research of the following should prepare you to do well. You may print out this document and keep handwritten
notes on it to use on the essay portion of the test.
A definition/description of the “culture war:”
The two opposing sides in the “culture war” (Identify who they are; why they take the
sides that they do):
Examples of various issues besides abortion that divide Americans in the “culture war” (as well as why various people and groups take the sides that they do):
Roe v. Wade:
Constitutional Issues involved:
Decision of the court and its rationale for the decision:
How and why this continues to be a “front line” in the “culture war”:
Abortion-related laws and court cases since Roe v. Wade, the constitutional issues
involved, and how they are relevant to the “culture war”:
Examples/evidence of the relevancy of “culture war” issues to current political debate.