Dying is a social as well as physiological phenomenon. Each society characterizes and, consequently, treats death and dying in its own individual ways—ways that differ markedly. These particular patterns of death and dying engender modal cultural responses, and such institutionalized behavior has familiar, economical, educational, religious, and political implications. The Handbook of Death and Dying takes stock of the vast literature in the field.

The Abortion Issue: In the United States
The abortion issue: In the united states

On his second full day as president of the United States, George W. Bush took swift action to restrict U.S. funds to international family planning groups involved in abortion. He vowed to protect “every person at every stage and season of life,” reversing the Clinton administration's policy of providing unrestricted family planning aid. On the same day, Bush also gave the following written statement to marchers observing the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that legalized abortion:

The promises of our Declaration of Independence are not just ...

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