The Ethics of Abortion: Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice

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When The Ethics of Abortion first appeared, this powerful collection of essays gained instant recognition as one of the first attempts to present both sides of the abortion debate in the words of leading proponents. Now, after two major Supreme Court cases, intense political wrangling, and heavy media coverage of often violent public demonstrations, the editors have updated and revised this groundbreaking book by adding thirteen new selections and retaining many popular selections from the previous edition. ...
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Overview

When The Ethics of Abortion first appeared, this powerful collection of essays gained instant recognition as one of the first attempts to present both sides of the abortion debate in the words of leading proponents. Now, after two major Supreme Court cases, intense political wrangling, and heavy media coverage of often violent public demonstrations, the editors have updated and revised this groundbreaking book by adding thirteen new selections and retaining many popular selections from the previous edition. Comprehensive and balanced, this popular volume in Prometheus's "Contemporary Issues" series offers nineteen essays and three excerpts from the high court's opinions in Roe v. Wade, which changed the face of abortion law for all time; Webster v. Reproductive Health Services (1989), which regulated the use of public facilities for abortions; and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992), which imposed a waiting period and permitted parental notification. This provocative anthology covers such compelling issues as the pre-Roe abortion period in American history, abortion and the Constitution, abortion and feminism, abortion and Christianity, as well as the fundamental moral issues.
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YA-Another challenging group of essays on a timely theme. The revised edition contains seven opinions from the 1989 edition as well as new essays that consider many sides of the issue. The selections reflect contemporary concerns of thoughtful men and women in the fields of philosophy, theology, psychotherapy, law, medicine, and journalism. Arranged in five sections that deal with broad aspects of the question, the book succeeds in bringing the issues into focus for meaningful analysis. The writing styles are as diverse as the opinions: the cerebral pro-life discussion of Judge Bork; Anna Quindlen's anguished essay; the sensitive narrative of a visit to an abortion clinic by Catholic theologian Daniel Maguire; and the horrific descriptions of case histories of a psychotherapist and a social worker. Students willing to follow the rigorous arguments in this collection may find their own ideas clarified, strengthened, or changed; or, they may have even more questions than when they began.-Jackie Gropman, Richard Byrd Library, Springfield, VA
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This revision contains 13 new selections, and three Supreme Court excerpts on the major abortion cases. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879758059
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Series: Contemporary Issues Series
  • Edition description: Rev. ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Pt. I The Issue
1 Abortion 15
2 The Bad Old Days 21
3 The Abortion Orphans 28
Pt. II Abortion and the Constitution
4 Roe v. Wade 33
5 Webster v. Reproductive Health Services 42
6 Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey 60
7 Again, a Struggle for the Soul of the Court 86
8 On the Origins of Privacy 89
9 The Center Holds! 96
Pt. III Abortion and Feminism
10 Abortion and the Sexual Agenda 111
11 Abortion and Feminism 122
Pt. IV Abortion and Christianity
12 We Must Rescue Them 137
13 A Catholic Theologian at an Abortion Clinic 141
14 Why Abortion Is a Religious Issue 149
15 Personhood, the Bible, and Abortion 170
16 Life in the Tragic Dimension 187
Pt. V Abortion and Moral Philosophy
17 A Defense of Abortion 197
18 Nature as Demonic in Thomson's Defense of Abortion 212
19 On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion 226
20 An Appeal for Consistency 234
21 The Fetus and Fundamental Rights 249
22 Is an Embryo a Person? 263
Select Bibliography 269
Contributors 271
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