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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Upd Rev edition (September 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393309568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393309560
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,617,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“A wide-ranging book about the controversy by a brilliant scholar and teacher of constitutional law. . . . Tribe offers a dazzling array of arguments and approaches. . . . Tribe's final approach to abortion, an informative discussion of new contraceptive and procreative technologies, holds out the hope of transcending the conflict rather than finding the common ground among its current parties.” (Amy Gutmann - The New Republic)

“A marvelously thoughtful guide to all facets of the current abortion controversy. . . . Makes constructive suggestions for bridging the gulf that separates the sides in the too-polarized abortion debate. . . . Professor Tribe's thoughtful analysis will deepen your understanding both of your own position and that of others.” (Nadine Strossen, president, American Civil Liberties Union)

“Wise and powerful. . . . Intelligent people will not only learn something helpful from [this] book, they will also be able to read it. . . . The book is more than lucid: it is vibrant with ethical passion.” (Nelson W. Aldrich, Jr. - New England Monthly)

“Important. . . . Tackles the conflicts of the abortion issue in a rational and humane manner. . . . Tribe explains in a clear, conversational style the many changes in abortion law—and the pressures that continue to build behind the scenes on each side of the 'life vs. liberty' controversy.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
firmly in historical and legal contexts, making it possible view the question of conflicting rights from a fairly objective point. Whether one is pro- or anti-, this text offers information and supporting arguments for a variety of positions, and looks at the relative merits of each. Religious hysteria aside, if one is looking for a thoughtful text that permits one to form an opinion on the debate, one could do worse than to start with this book.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1999
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Professor Tribe gives every argument a fair hearing. Every position is respected. I kept waiting for his bias to show, but it never did. Finally, an impartial and well reasoned book on abortion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ariel on June 15, 2004
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Though Lawrence H. Tribe wrote Abortion: The Clash of Absolutes in 1990, almost fifteen years ago, though the exact same issues surrounding the abortion question are all relevant today. That's how much progress is made when two sides are tugging at one subject with the same fervor - it just doesn't move. Abortion is just as a hot topic today as it was in 1973 when Roe vs. Wade made it legal in the United States. It is the perfect issue for a culture war; it has everything - sex, feminism, death and religion. Tribe does justice to the abortion question. He rotates around his subject from all angles to get the best view possible. From the title alone and then supported by the first three paragraphs, it is evident that Tribe refuses to belittle either side but is determined to show how and why these absolutes clash. These absolutes, or course, are the right to life and the right to liberty, which when they meet at abortion, directly conflict.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amber Henry on June 9, 2005
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Tribe's book, Abortion: The Clash of Absolutes is an excellent read for anyone who highly regards the constitutional and basic right to life. In his book,Tribe devotes equal time to shedding light on both to other cultures to see how they have dealt with this issue the Pro-life and Pro-Choice perspectives towards abortion.

Tribe investigates other cultures views and ways of handling abortion as well the evolution of abortion throughout American history.

I would strongly recommend this book to those who are interested in political science and the controversial issue of abortion. Whether you are Pro-Choice or Pro-Life, you will find this book highly enlightening and yourself forever changed.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wayne B. Cunningham on November 1, 2005
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Please limit your review to the actual book rather than the vitriol that some readers have vented. Such "reviews" do not help a potential reader determine whether or not the book is worth reading. One thing for certain is that your reviews are not.
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