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Extra resources for Abortion Politics, Women's Movements, and the Democratic State: A Comparative Study of State Feminism (Gender and Politics Series)
By defending the liberalization of the abortion law and maintaining women's right to choose, the state * REGINA KOPL 29 provided a dual response to the women's movement's demands for selfdetermination. * Women's policy agency activities At the time of this second debate there still was no formal state women's policy agency, but the Social Democratic women's organization, as a quasi-women's policy agency, continued to play a significant role by inserting feminist demands for abortion on request in the parliamentary debate as well as in Social Democratic and more left-wing public opinion.
It has its own staff and budget. It faces a continuing struggle to be accepted as an equal partner by the male-dominated party hierarchy. There are efforts to subordinate and discipline the women's organization representatives, especially at regional and local levels. Women's organization representatives always have to fight for resources, budget, and autonomy. 4 At the time of the first debate the leader, who was politically socialized in the inter-warperiod, was a feminist in the traditional social democratic way, which means linking emancipatory ideals to class-struggle arguments.
The Communist Party lost its representation in parliament in 1955 and never played an important part in policy-making. 3 Social, cultural, ideological, and sometimes also geographical indicators differentiated the Lager. Catholic conservatives living in the more rural parts of Austria, entrepreneurs, farmers, and also state employees were organized within the Austrian Peoples Party. Working-class people traditionally were organized within the Austrian Socialist Party (Pelinka 1998). 4 For example, in 1906 the women's organization more or less was forced by the party elite to refrain from demanding the female suffrage.