By Jerome S. Legge
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Page 16 The Cases There are a number of aspects of validity to which one must be sensitive in social science research. First, one must be certain that the policy itself and not other factors are of influence in changing the dependent variables. But in addition external validity, or the degree to which one is able to generalize from the results of particular research to other programmatic settings, can be a problem. In addressing external validity we have an advantage in this volume in that we are attempting to analyze changes in abortion laws in a cross-cultural context.
For abortion to be considered acceptable to this middle group, usually a negative health or social circumstance must be present to legitimize the woman's decision. This large middle category has been found not only in the United States but in a number of other nations, including the Federal Republic of Germany and Great Britain. But even survey research has given us only part of the total picture on how individuals feel about abortion. Largely unasked are questions that attempt to specify those particular circumstances under which an individual would support the decision of a woman to have a pregnancy terminated.
Among these are Larry and Donna Webb, Jim Campbell, Frank Thompson, Tom Lauth, Brenda Merrefield, Mike Scichitano, Sig Luckie, and Geneva Bradberry. Without the encouragement, support, and professional assistance of these persons, this book would not have been possible. I would also like to thank my children Jessica and Dean, for their love, and for the difference they have made in my life. This book is dedicated to them. Thanks are extended to June Moreland Legge for her contributions to their development.
Abortion policy: an evaluation of the consequences for maternal and infant health by Jerome S. Legge