The Trial of Abigail Goodman

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In the not-so distant future, abortion is a crime punishable by death. This is the fascinating premise of best-selling novelist Howard Fast's powerful and provocative new novel, The Trial of Abigail Goodman, which depicts the harrowing legal battle one woman must wage when she exercises her right to choose. When Abigail Goodman, a forty-one-year-old wife, mother, and professor of Women's History at Hilden University, finds herself pregnant for a third time, she faces one of the most agonizing and important ...
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In the not-so distant future, abortion is a crime punishable by death. This is the fascinating premise of best-selling novelist Howard Fast's powerful and provocative new novel, The Trial of Abigail Goodman, which depicts the harrowing legal battle one woman must wage when she exercises her right to choose. When Abigail Goodman, a forty-one-year-old wife, mother, and professor of Women's History at Hilden University, finds herself pregnant for a third time, she faces one of the most agonizing and important decisions she will ever have to make. With her two children grown and her newly rekindled career a success, Abigail chooses finally to terminate her pregnancy. A few weeks later, Abigail is arrested and indicted under a law that retroactively makes abortion a capital offense. In the trial that follows, Abigail finds herself fighting, not only for her right to choose, but for her very life. Filled with driving suspense and powerful emotion, The Trial of Abigail Goodman plays out with vivid and frightening realism one of the most important and controversial issues of our day.
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The veteran author of some 50 books ( Citizen Tom Paine ; The Immigrants , etc.) stays up to date in a fast-paced, often electrifying novel dramatizing the abortion controversy. Sometime in the near future, Abigail Goodman, feminist history professor in a sleepy Southern town and 41-year-old mother of two, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant; she decides, with her husband's approval, to have an abortion. Shortly thereafter, she is indicted under a new state law that retroactively makes abortion after the first trimester an act of murder punishable by death. Fast is a master of courtroom pyrotechnics, and sparks fly when the defense team grills the ambitious DA's star witnesses: a Catholic bishop, a Hasidic rabbi and an obstetrician who once performed abortions. Though the sensational trial gives full play to both sides, the author's sympathies obviously lie with his forthright, brave and nervous heroine, who views the law as a weapon in men's campaign to subjugate women. Fast intersperses the main narrative with dispatches from U.S. and foreign journalists' coverage of the trial and attendant redneck violence which, if not always realistic, do provide a global perspective on what he sees as America's parochial attitude toward abortion. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816159048
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Pages: 286

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