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Abortion Wars: A Half Century of Struggle, 1950-2000 Hardcover – January 16, 1998

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Abortion Wars, edited by historian Rickie Solinger, is a collection of 18 essays, all written by abortion-rights supporters. Ranging from physicians who provide abortions to journalists who scrutinize the current political and social trends regarding the issue, these essays present a variety of experiences and opinions across the pro-choice spectrum. Readers who thought the legality of abortion was settled once and for all by the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision might want to think again after reading William Saletan's essay about the ramifications of the Court's ruling in Pennsylvania v. Casey. Those interested in what it's like to be on the frontlines of the abortion war will find the essays by doctors illuminating. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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YA?A collection of 18 essays written by abortion providers, journalists, reproductive-rights activists, legal strategists, and philosophers. In the introduction, the editor makes it clear that the book is "unabashedly a pro-rights book." The essay by Jane E. Hodgson, a physician convicted of performing an abortion in a hospital after proper consultation in 1970, is a gem. Brief biographical sketches of the contributors, a succinct time line of related events from 1940 to the present, and a good index are included. The time line alone is so valuable that it's practically worth the price of the book.?Nancy Karst, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 301 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (January 16, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520202562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520202566
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,036,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The essays in this book bring together a wide range of perspectives on reproductive rights and freedom of choice, many of which are not always part of the "mainstream" dialogue about these issues. Essays are well-written and engaging, and the book makes a wonderful reference tool.
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Format: Paperback
This book is an important look at where abortion rights have been and where they are going, without making judgments about people who disagree. The essays give broad look into the pro-choice movment of today.
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Format: Paperback
Quite a tome of research, but with a definite pro-abortion slant. Pro-lifers will be surprised, amused and puzzled by some of the material presented as fact. Joe Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League must have laughed when he read the several references to his work. Randall Terry is his own man, definitely not a follower of Scheidler. This knowledge would color any other "objective observations" covered in the book.
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