WHEN PRO-CHOICE BECOMES ANTI-DEMOCRATIC NOTION: PRO-LIFE LESSONS ON VIOLENCE IN A BOOK OF AMERICAN MARTYRS BY J.C. OATES.

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      This paper focuses on the global political aspects of the "pro-life" vs "prochoice" ideologies with an accent on the American social, political and religious living vis-a-vis their reflection, implication and repercussions on everyday life, as well as their correlation to a contemporary psychological novel A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates. This complex issue is expressed through the acts of severe violence and suffering, manifested through homicide, profound moral erosion, and the deep psychological trauma the entire "pro-life problem" has brought into the lives of many American families. Furthermore, the research analyzes not only the literary analogy of the consequences of this (already) escalated problem as well as its aftermath and its impact on the people's lives, underlying the abandonment, loss, and the dysfunctional relations as a result of it, but also, it further dives into the statistical analysis of the existing problem in real life, in terms of the current abortion numbers and statistics on a broader scale, worldwide and in the United States at present, thus sketching a portrait of multiple perspectives of the violent responses to the imposed restrictions on the freedom of choice, as well as further explaining its medical, philosophical and cultural implications which lead to a current, modern-day general revolt related to the hash obstruction and restriction of the female rights to free and safe abortion. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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