The Ethics of Abortion: Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice (Contemporary Issues Series) / Edition 3

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Comprehensive and balanced, this new third edition again makes available the most useful writing on the controversial abortion issue. Twenty-four essays and four excerpts from landmark Supreme Court decisions - including eleven new outstanding contributions - cover the history of abortion in the pre-Roe period; creative responses to the problem of abandoned infants; abortion in relation to the Constitution, feminism, and Christianity; and fundamental moral issues surrounding this polarizing controversy.
Contributors include Joan C. Callahan, Sidney Callahan, Gregg Easterbrook, Harry J. Gensler, Rick Hampson, Jack Hitt, Miriam Jordan, Gary Leber, Daniel C. Maguire, Don Marquis, Kathryn E. May, Michael W. McConnell, Ellen Messer, Anna Quindlen, Roger A. Paynter, Jeffrey H. Reiman, Richard Selzer, Richard Schoenig, Paul D. Simmons, Judith Jarvis Thomson, Mary Anne Warren, John T. Wilcox, Naomi Wolf, and Melvin L. Wulf.

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Editorial Reviews

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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
This collection attempts to address both sides of the abortion debate in America in the words of leading opponents and supporters. The revised edition includes 13 new essays. It also provides excerpts from the Supreme Court's landmark decisions in Roe v. Wade, Webster v. Reproductive Health Services (1989), and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992). Sections explore abortion before Roe v. Wade, abortion and the Constitution, abortion and feminism, abortion and Christianity, and abortion and moral philosophy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573928762
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Contemporary Issues Series
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert M. Baird (Waco, TX) is a professor and chair of the Philosophy Department at Baylor University.

Stuart E. Rosenbaum is a professor of philosophy and director of graduate studies in philosophy at Baylor University. He is the editor of Pragmatism and Religion.

Together Baird and Rosenbaum edit the Contemporary Issues Series.

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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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