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Abortion : the clash of absolutes
Tribe, Laurence H.
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New York : Norton, 1990.
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xvi, 270 pages ; 24 cm
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This work offers guidelines for reaching what the author calls a negotiated peace on the abortion issue. He aims to defuse the extremism of both the pro-life and the pro-choice advocates and to allow for the right to privacy of individuals, to ease relations between men and women and to heal the rift between the search for individual freedom and the yearning for community and tradition.

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Library Journal Review

In his study of the Supreme Court, God Save This Honorable Court ( LJ 2/1/86), Tribe provided new ways to think about the law. In this book, he does the same with the abortion issue. He argues that philosophical and legal analyses are the only means to reach an accommodation of two opposing views of pro-life and pro-choice. Tribe extensively examines political and social implications of major court and legislative decisions from Roe v. Wade to the present. He compares U.S. abortion policies with those of other nations, and he tries to answer some controversial questions on the rights of pregnant women and the fetus. Tribe sometimes gets too legalistic, but most readers will find his book understandable and thought-provoking. It should become a standard work on abortion issues. Highly recommended.-- Steven Puro, St. Louis Univ. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Tribe, the foremost authority on American constitutional law, here provides a multidisciplinary exploration of the abortion issue. He offers a cross-cultural view of abortion; a history of American abortion law, including a careful analysis of Roe v. Wade and more recent litigation and legislation; and thoughtful consideration of moral positions on abortion. Tribe also discusses how technological developments and social values about sexuality, gender, technology and the role of the state connect to the abortion issue. The book is a model of clarity and is useful regardless of one's position on abortion. Tribe tries to facilitate compromise by drawing out areas of overlap between pro-life and pro-choice concerns, urging mutual empathy. He notes especially the unexpected consequences likely to result from taking the rhetoric of either side to its logical conclusion. He argues against Mary Ann Glendon's proposal in Abortion and Divorce in Western Law (CH, Feb'88) that theUS adopt the European model. Tribe has much to say not available elsewhere in the prolific literature on abortion; if one were to read only one book on abortion, this should be it. All levels. -M. A. Lamanna, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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