Compelling Interest

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Is a fetus a person?
Is “pro-choice” a neutral position?

For 40 years since the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, the abortion debate has been highly charged and politicized. Questions like these—and passionate but widely varying answers—have become the common language of the public dialogue on this issue. Yet behind the scenes of this historic case are other ...

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Is a fetus a person?
Is “pro-choice” a neutral position?

For 40 years since the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, the abortion debate has been highly charged and politicized. Questions like these—and passionate but widely varying answers—have become the common language of the public dialogue on this issue. Yet behind the scenes of this historic case are other intriguing questions:
·       How did the Supreme Court come to be involved in the abortion debate?
·       Was language manipulated to affect the outcome?
·       What was the moral basis underlying the decision?

In Compelling Interest, author Roger Resler draws on original sources, including the actual transcripts for oral arguments, the majority and minority opinions, and comments by the lawyers and others involved to take a careful look at the real story behind the historic Roe v. Wade decision.

Resler includes conversations with experts, including sociology professor Dr. William Brennan, the late Dr. Mildred Jefferson and Dr. Carolyn Gerster who co-founded the National Right to Life Committee, prolific author and speaker Randy Alcorn, bioethics professor Dr. Gerard Magill, perinatologist Dr. James Thorp, and photojournalist Michael Clancy.

This carefully researched book speaks with a thought-provoking, balanced voice that stands out from the usual partisan rhetoric on the topic.

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I found myself absorbed in this book from page one. Roger Resler tells the lesser known story of how Roe v. Wade became the landmark that it is. We cannot understand our current ironic predicament--in which the state turns a blind eye to the elimination of millions of its future citizens--until we know the history of the abortion debate over the last 40 years. All in all, Compelling Interest is compellingly interesting and insightful. --Mark Galli Senior Managing Editor Christianity Today

This is a must read for anyone, whether you consider yourself pro-life or pro-choice. We must be prepared with factual information, which is what this book gives you. The abortion lobby has fooled the American public far too long. We need to know the truth about abortion and how these laws came to be. Read this book to get the truth. --Abby Johnson Former Planned Parenthood Director Author of bestselling book Unplanned

One could say that as an abortion survivor, I have a compelling interest in the Roe v. Wade decision and the abortion debate that has ensued over the past 40 years. However, I believe that all of us have a compelling interest in knowing how we have arrived at this place of over 55 million lives lost and a world that has been forever changed as a result. As we mark 40 years of the Roe v. Wade decision, I believe that it’s important that we look at both how we have arrived at this place in time and reflect upon how our cultural landscape has been forever changed. I have found Compelling Interest to be effective at doing just that. ---Melissa Ohden, Saline Infusion Abortion Survivor, Pro-Life Speaker and Author

Roger Resler has provided us with a very complete and fascinating history—much of it behind the scenes—of the Roe v. Wade case, the events that led up to it, some of the major court cases after it, a lucid and cogent analysis of the legal issue of abortion, and a thorough rebuttal of the arguments advanced by proponents of Roe’s conclusion. This is a must read for all who work on the legal and ethical aspects of the abortion issue. I cannot recommend this work highly enough.--Patrick Lee McAleer Professor of Bioethcs Director, Institute of Bioethics Franciscan University of Steubenville

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781618431134
  • Publisher: eChristian, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/13/2012
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 1,246,607
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Resler is an independent researcher, author, and media producer with a background in Christian radio. He was an audio editor for the daily Focus on the Family program and has worked as an announcer, production director, news producer, account executive, and station manager at several Christian radio stations in Kansas, Colorado, and Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Cast of Characters xiv

Part 1 How Did the Court Become Involved in the Abortion Debate?

1 Mrs. Weddington Goes to Washington 3

2 The Woman as Victim? 9

3 The Fetus as Victim? 18

4 Doctors on Crusade 22

5 Backstage Influences 31

6 Should Privacy Include Abortion? 39

7 Playing with Personhood 43

8 Texas Fumbles 55

9 An Emotional Response: Do Legal Rights Attach at Birth? 58

10 "Texas, Turn Out the Lights" 65

11 Ignorance Is Bliss 68

12 Who Defines Personhood? 77

13 When Does Human Life Begin? 80

Part 2 How Has Language Affected the Abortion Debate?

14 A Few Choice Words 89

15 "Dredful" Rulings 93

16 Nonhuman Human Research 99

17 The People and Their Speech 102

18 Semantic Gymnasts 108

19 Unreproductive Freedom 111

20 A Child or a Choice? 114

21 You Can't Have It Both Ways 116

Part 3 Is a Fetus a Person?

22 Potentially Meaningful Potentialities 125

23 Minority Report 132

24 Photographs and Heartbeats 137

25 A Spoonful of Gruesome 150

26 Sweet Little Lies 157

27 Visualize Womb Peace 163

28 Tell It Like It Is 169

29 Smiling Icons 174

30 Because the Law Says So: The Edelin Case 183

31 Of Doctors and Oaths 192

Part 4 Is Pro-Choice a Neutral Position?

32 Both Sides Can't Be Right 201

33 The Gospel of Choice 204

34 Whose Morality? 218

35 Live and Let Die 222

36 Conception and Misconception 230

37 Abortion Dogma 233

38 Reproductive Rights and Wrongs 235

39 Follow the Money 240

40 Radical Feminists 249

Part 5 Where Do We Go from Here?

41 What Roe Should Have Said 257

42 Acorns and Oaks 279

43 Sentience and Consciousness 289

44 Dreams and Hiccups 297

45 A Time to Live 314

46 After-Birth Abortion 316

47 Aborting Motherhood 321

48 It's All in Your Mind 324

49 Safe, Legal, and On Demand 328

50 The Right to Remain Uninformed 334

51 No Reverse? 338

52 Rome Wasn't Built in a Day 341

53 Conclusion 344

Resources Cited 349

Index 355

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Extensive, Engaging.... A pivotal work in the fight for the life of the Unborn Child

    Roger has done it again! This is a compeling and extensive review of the famous Roe v. Wade decesion that has forever changed our path as a nation. With real auidio of the court hearings, expert interviews arguements that cannot be dismissed and an understanding of its ongoing impact today, this in depth work has over 800 pages of material! If you want to know how to speak effectively, be able to pull out the real issues and of this debate and educate yourself and others this will be an incredible resource. Get behind the " Pro- Choice" double talk and see just how weak their defense truly is.

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