VOYA - Paula J. LaceyAbortion has existed since ancient times, but the debate over the legality and morality of abortion has never been so widespread. It is a controversy that concerns YAs, not only because it has become a notorious political issue, but because it is an issue that many may have to face. For this reason, it is a common topic for research papers in middle school and high school. Costa's book will be a great starting point for these papers. It is the second edition of a book that was well reviewed when first published in 1991. The first edition made Library Journal's list of Best Reference Books of 1991 and School Library Journal's Recommended Reference Books 1992. Unlike The Abortion Controversy (Greenhaven, 1995), it is not organized by arguments pro and con. Rather, it consists of several chapters of objective research material: a chronology of events beginning with Classical Greece; biographical sketches of current movers and shakers on both sides of the issue; laws, policies and landmark court cases; as well as extensive abortion statistics. There is a frank discussion of abortion techniques and complications (psychological and physical) and an overview of fetal development. It concludes with a lengthy annotated directory of organizations and an extensive bibliography of print and nonprint materials. The purpose of the book is to present historical and factual background information objectively along with resources for further exploration. For instance, the reader will learn that in 1864 the American Medical Association established a prize for the best anti-abortion book written for the lay public. One will also find that the most common reason for having an abortion is that a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities. In the statistical section, a reader will see that 89 percent of abortions are performed within the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. The biography section includes a profile of Mary Cunningham Agee, founder of the Nurturing Network, which offers alternatives to abortion for women who fear that their unintended pregnancies will do irreparable harm to their education or career. Abortion: A Reference Handbook, is just what the title says. It is packed with information, but strives to be factual. It is a resource for student researchers and will be welcomed in any public or high school library. Index. Charts. Further Reading. Chronology.
BooknewsA reference of information and source materials on abortion, offering a chronology of abortion legislation from ancient Greece to the present, biographical sketches of those currently involved on both sides of the debate, and facts and statistics on abortion policies, court cases, frequency of abortion, related complications and deaths, and abortion techniques. Provides a directory of US organizations, and describes print and non-print resources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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