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Title:
The ethics of abortion : pro-life vs. pro-choice
Author:
Baird, Robert M., 1937-
Edition:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2001.
Physical Description:
354 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Abortion / Richard Selzer -- The bad old days / Ellen Messer and Kathryn E. May -- The abortion orphans / Anna Quindlen -- Saving babies left to die : states providing safe landing for abandoned infants / Rick Hampson -- Brief lives / Miriam Jordan -- Who will do abortions here? / Jack Hitt -- Roe v. Wade : the 1973 Supreme Court decision on state abortion laws -- Webster v. Reproductive Health Services -- Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Robert P. Casey -- Don Stenberg, Attorney General of Nebraska et al., petitioners v. Leroy Carhart -- Roe v. Wade at twenty-five : still illegitimate / Michael W. McConnell -- On the origins of privacy / Melvin L. Wulf -- Religious liberty and abortion : Casey as catch-22 / Paul D. Simmons -- Abortion and the sexual agenda / Sidney Callahan -- Our bodies, our souls / Naomi Wolf -- We must rescue them / Gary Leber -- A Catholic theologian at an abortion clinic / Daniel C. Maguire -- Personhood, the Bible, and abortion / Paul D. Simmons -- Christians and abortion / Richard Schoenig -- Life in the tragic dimension : a sermon on abortion / Roger A. Paynter -- A defense of abortion / Judith Jarvis Thomson -- Nature as demonic in Thomson's defense of abortio / John T. Wilcox -- On the moral and legal status of abortion / Mary Anne Warren -- An appeal for consistency / Harry J. Gensler -- The fetus and fundamental rights / Joan C. Callahan -- Why abortion is immoral / Don Marquis -- Asymmetric value and abortion, with a reply to Don Marquis / Jeffrey H. Reiman -- Abortion and brain waves / Gregg Easterbrook.
ISBN:
9781573928762
Format :
Book

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Summary

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.


Author Notes

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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School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Robert M. Baird and Stuart E. RosenbaumRichard SelzerEllen Messer and Kathryn E. MayAnna QuindlenRick HampsonMiriam JordanJack HittMichael W. McConnellMelvin L. WulfPaul D. SimmonsSidney CallahanNaomi WolfGary LeberDaniel C. MaguirePaul D. SimmonsRichard SchoenigRoger A. PaynterJudith Jarvis ThomsonJohn T. WilcoxMary Anne WarrenHarry J. GenslerJoan C. CallahanDon MarquisJeffrey H. ReimanGregg Easterbrook
Introductionp. 9
Part 1. Abortion: Finding the Issue
1. Abortionp. 19
2. The Bad Old Daysp. 25
3. The Abortion Orphansp. 32
4. Saving Babies Left to Die: States Providing Safe Landing for Abandoned Infantsp. 34
5. Brief Livesp. 40
6. Who Will Do Abortions Here?p. 45
Part 2. Abortion and the Constitution
7. Roe v. Wade: The 1973 Supreme Court Decision on State Abortion Lawsp. 63
8. Webster v. Reproductive Health Servicesp. 73
9. Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Robert P. Caseyp. 92
10. Don Stenberg, Attorney General of Nebraska et al., Petitioners v. Leroy Carhartp. 119
11. Roe v. Wade at Twenty-five: Still Illegitimatep. 135
12. On the Origins of Privacyp. 139
13. Religious Liberty and Abortion: Casey as Catch-22p. 146
Part 3. Abortion and Feminism
14. Abortion and the Sexual Agendap. 167
15. Our Bodies, Our Soulsp. 179
Part 4. Abortion and Christianity
16. We Must Rescue Themp. 195
17. A Catholic Theologian at an Abortion Clinicp. 199
18. Personhood, the Bible, and Abortionp. 207
19. Christians and Abortionp. 224
20. Life in the Tragic Dimension: A Sermon on Abortionp. 231
Part 5. Abortion and Moral Philosophy
21. A Defense of Abortionp. 241
22. Nature As Demonic in Thomson's Defense of Abortionp. 257
23. On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortionp. 272
24. An Appeal for Consistencyp. 280
25. The Fetus and Fundamental Rightsp. 295
26. Why Abortion Is Immoralp. 309
27. Asymmetric Value and Abortion, with a Reply to Don Marquisp. 328
28. Abortion and Brain Wavesp. 343
Contributorsp. 353