Silent Subject

Silent Subject

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Silent Subject

When, God willing, the abortion controversy is behind us, partisans of the pro-life and pro-choice positions are going to have to live together in this society. That is why, sloganeering and passionate polemics are inevitable, civil conversation is essential. And that is why The Silent Subject is such a gift to all of us at this point in the controversy. (From the foreword by Richard John Neuhaus) The essays in this work constitute a sensitive, public argument for a reconstruction of the confused—yet dominant—popular attitudes toward nascent human life and its value. Unlike most pro-life arguments, it offers no strictly religious or exclusively sectarian warrants for its assertions - instead bearing a more secular cast, speaking to a generalized and pluralistic audience. As a whole, The Silent Subject embraces no specific, particular political ideology. Its contributors have a broad spectrum of professional interests, political perspectives and social philosophies - all of which indicates the fundamentally humanistic and apolitical nature of concern for the unborn and the degree to which they are esteemed. This unusual book is a refreshingly candid and morally compelling analysis of the social forces that superintend our cultural outlook toward unborn human life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275950323
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/30/1996
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

BRAD STETSON is director of the David Institute, a social research organization. Stetson received his Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California. His previous books include: Challenging the Civil Rights Establishment, coauthored by Joseph G. Conti (Praeger, 1993) and Pluralism and Particularity in Religious Belief (Praeger, 1994).

Table of Contents

Foreword by Richard John Neuhaus


Introduction by Brad Stetson

Ethical Perspectives

Substances, Property-Things and Human Persons: The Moral Status of Fetuses and Embryos by John A. Mitchell and Scott B. Rae

Ignorance of Fetal Status as a Justification For Abortion by Francis J. Beckwith

Moral Duty to the Unborn and Its Significance by Sidney Callahan

The "Medicalizing" of Abortion Decisions by Thomas Murphy Goodwin

Cultural Perspectives

Feminism and Imaging the Unborn by Camille S. Williams

Sex and Consequences: An Anthropological View by Olivia Vlahos

Personal Perspectives

Motherhood in the 90's: To Have or Have Not by Maria McFadden

Pregnancy Care Centers: Sisterhood is Powerful by Frederica Mathewes-Green

Women Who Abort: Their Reflections on the Unborn by David C. Reardon

Religious Perspectives

When Good Men Do Nothing: Reflections From a Modern-Day Burgermeister by Michael Mckenzie

The Catholic Debate on the Moral Status of the Embryo by Tom Poundstone

Legal Perspectives

The Effective Enforcement of Abortion Law Before Roe v. Wade by Clarke D. Forsythe

Supreme Court Jurisprudence and Prenatal Life by Tom Poundstone

Selected Bibliography


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