Abortion : The Clash of Absolutes

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"An important work on a monumental subject." —Anna Quindlen, New York Times Book Review
On profound questions of birth, death, and human choice that are raised by abortion—where opposing sides see no common ground—how can the conflict be managed? The abortion debate in the United States today involves all Americans in complex questions of sex and power, historical change, politics, advances in medicine, and competing social values. In this best-selling book, an eminent constitutional authority shows how the ...

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Overview

"An important work on a monumental subject." —Anna Quindlen, New York Times Book Review
On profound questions of birth, death, and human choice that are raised by abortion—where opposing sides see no common ground—how can the conflict be managed? The abortion debate in the United States today involves all Americans in complex questions of sex and power, historical change, politics, advances in medicine, and competing social values. In this best-selling book, an eminent constitutional authority shows how the nation has struggled with these questions and then sets forth new approaches that reflect both sides' passionately held convictions. The paperback edition includes discussion of the latest court decisions and excerpts from the major cases, including the Supreme Court's landmark June 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

The year 1992 will surely prove to be the most pivotal in America's abortion debate since the Roe v. Wade decision edition of a bestselling book includes the Supreme Court's latest aborton decisions and delves into the large issues at stake--privacy, changing relations between men and women, and more. Tribe is Tyler Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School.

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Editorial Reviews

Amy Gutmann - The New Republic
“A wide-ranging book about the controversy by a brilliant scholar and teacher of constitutional law. . . . Tribe offers a dazzling array of arguments and approaches. . . . Tribe's final approach to abortion, an informative discussion of new contraceptive and procreative technologies, holds out the hope of transcending the conflict rather than finding the common ground among its current parties.”
Nadine Strossen
“A marvelously thoughtful guide to all facets of the current abortion controversy. . . . Makes constructive suggestions for bridging the gulf that separates the sides in the too-polarized abortion debate. . . . Professor Tribe's thoughtful analysis will deepen your understanding both of your own position and that of others.”
Nelson W. Aldrich
“Wise and powerful. . . . Intelligent people will not only learn something helpful from [this] book, they will also be able to read it. . . . The book is more than lucid: it is vibrant with ethical passion.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Important. . . . Tackles the conflicts of the abortion issue in a rational and humane manner. . . . Tribe explains in a clear, conversational style the many changes in abortion law—and the pressures that continue to build behind the scenes on each side of the 'life vs. liberty' controversy.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A constitutional lawyer and Harvard law professor examines both sides of the reproductive rights debate, revealing pro-choice sympathies. ``This global survey of attitudes toward abortion illustrates that the opposing claims in the debate . . . are social constructs,'' said PW. ``The book is a stimulating, fresh contribution to the ongoing debate.'' May
Library Journal
In his study of the Supreme Court, God Save This Honorable Court LJ 2/1/86, Tribe provided new ways to think about the law. In this book, he does the same with the abortion issue. He argues that philosophical and legal analyses are the only means to reach an accommodation of two opposing views of pro-life and pro-choice. Tribe extensively examines political and social implications of major court and legislative decisions from Roe v. Wade to the present. He compares U.S. abortion policies with those of other nations, and he tries to answer some controversial questions on the rights of pregnant women and the fetus. Tribe sometimes gets too legalistic, but most readers will find his book understandable and thought-provoking. It should become a standard work on abortion issues. Highly recommended.-- Steven Puro, St. Louis Univ.
Booknews
An updated paper edition of Tribe's (constitutional law, Harvard U.) 1990 contribution to the abortion debate, in which he surveys the deeply held views of the contending parties, and suggests new approaches to resolving the issue. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393309560
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 979,263
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurence H. Tribe is Tyler Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School. He frequently appears on network television and National Public Radio.

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