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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (January 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684867478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684867472
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,455,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you weren't around in the years before the American Supreme Court legalized a woman's right to choose abortion--in consultation, always, with her doctor--you may not understand how liberating the 1973 ruling was for women who wanted that choice, and how outrageously vile it seemed to people who believed abortion was murder, plain and simple. In the 25 years since, a battle royal has been fought in America, state by state. One side works feverishly to tie up abortion by any means possible; the other struggles to undo the knots. The combatants are bitter and entrenched, not above slinging mud and, sadly, much more violent acts. By anchoring Articles of Faith in Missouri and colorfully crafting it around a handful of people who fought hard for contradictory visions, journalist Cynthia Gorney forcefully illustrates the missionary zeal abortion inspires--even if her fluid prose occasionally bogs down in minutiae that's mainly of interest to court watchers or those who were at the scene. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gorney's journalistic training comes through in this anecdotal account of the "abortion wars" from pre-Row v. Wade until the 1990s. Gorney, formerly a reporter for the Washington Post, looks at the issue of abortion from the perspectives of medical ethics, religion, legislation, and personal experiences. The narration focuses on the state of Missouri and relates the case study to the events of the time. Gorney traces the legal and political battles in public policy and court decisions on abortion at both the state and federal levels. Her strengths lie in an attention to legal reforms and court decisions, particularly of the Supreme Court. Publication of this book coincides with the 25th anniversary of Roe and offers an opportunity for reflection on the state of debate on abortion issues. The possibilities for clarifying the debate are limited, however, by the length and convoluted format. An optional purchase.
-?Tricia Gray, Miami Univ.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I thought I, like everyone else, knew everything there was to know from reading the papers.
vanbourg@igc.org
The limitation to a single state works for the book well as allowing the people to be shown in full focus, yet when this is required all american action is porteyed.
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It should be mandatory reading for anyone involved in, interested in or having an opinion about abortion.
D. Kitt

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Once in a while, there's a rare book that'll smack you in the noggin, grab you by the lapels and scream, "This is how it really is! Now learn something!"
Articles of Faith is one of those books. You'll learn abortion is never nearly so clear cut as "either side" would have you believe; you'll see how each side's arguments, legal status, movements and, later, extremism are developed. But most importantly, you get the honest truth about what it's all really about, or not about. Despite the serious of the issue, I was never even able to get a glimmer of what Gorney's own view is of abortion. It's not simply objective; it never fails to delve into the details of each side, while coming up with an occasional fresh insight.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
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As an adult convert to Catholicism struggling for now five years with infertility, a non-American and the daughter of a founder of my hometown's Family Planning Association, I ordered this book wondering if it would help me sort out my mixed feelings about abortion. When it arrived my heart sank: though I had been interested in the topic, it looked long enough to remind me of the first-grader's book report, ``This told me more than I wanted to know about penguins.'' But it's so well-written, well-peopled and thoughtful it's a joy to read. When Cynthia Gorney describes a pro-choice activist she does it so carefully you feel certain she's pro-choice, and certain you must be. But when she describes a pro-life activist, you realize she might be pro-life -- and so might you be. If we were all be so generous and balanced, so readily able to enter into the subtleties of other people's positions, abortion might never have become a ``war.''
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Kitt on August 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book was wonderful. Though on first glance it seems very long and likely dense and dry, it is anything but. Gorney does a fabulous job of presenting both sides of abortion evenly and without bias. And she ties in the thoughts and feelings of the players with the actual battles of the day so smoothly that the book ends up being an easy and very enjoyable read. It should be mandatory reading for anyone involved in, interested in or having an opinion about abortion.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wilsontada@aol.com on January 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Having been personally involved in the "abortion wars" in DC during the mid 90's, I found the book gave me a lot more insight into the political and historical aspects of the abortion issue. I wish this book would have come out before I went to Washington; my "political education" would have been faster. I appreciated Gorney profiling the two sides of the debate, it only re-confirmed my belief that we do not live in a black and white world. Regardless of one's position, we are the one's that are ultimately responsible for our own decisions and we are the ones that have to live with them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vanbourg@igc.org on December 13, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I've never read much on the abortion battles. I thought I, like everyone else, knew everything there was to know from reading the papers. Boy, did this book re-do my entire understanding of it all. At first, it just reads like a good story, lots of interesting people, lots of half-remembered events, and then it just keeps getting better --- both sides tell it all, a little at a time to gorney, a veteran washington post reporter, who just keeps telling it all....from both sides. By the end, I was totally transfixed, turned inside out, thinking of it all in ways I'd never thought about it at all. Changes the entire paradigm, as we say. Set in St Louis, where North meets South, and East meets West, there are abortionists with ideals, anti-abortionists with souls, who meet and clash and Gorney gets it all, a prodigious amount of research that tells a great story. Reminds me of Taylor Branch's Parting the Waters and J Anthony Lukas's Common Ground. Just spectacular....I suspect it will be the, and I mean, THE, standard story of these times and this issue in these times. Cannot recommend too highly...especially for those who think they already know it all....(like, do you know the story of the invention of the vacuum aspirator and how it changed history? the guy who did it? and what he really had in mind?)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I've had my mind made up on abortion for about the last twenty years, but this book made me look at it all over again. What I found particularly amazing, given the depth and detail Gorney has devoted to bringing the issue alive, was that she never tips her hand regarding her own views. To me, that's the sign of a top-notch reporter.
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Excellent presentation of the abortion issue from both sides. This was a great book and very unbiased considering the topic.It was amazing how she managed to make all of her subjects seems so real and so likable. Even though I'm pro-life, I found myself really caring about the pro-choice clinic workers particularly the one they highlighted (I don't remember her name because I read this book a while ago) I think it was Judy Widdicombe – I could relate more to the pro-lifers, but it was still fascinating to see such a balanced report of the debate from both sides. The information and it was very valuable, and you really got a good perspective of the abortion debate have a pro-choice and pro-life movements both began. Extremely valuable book, a huge book packed with information and written in an interesting way. This is one of the best books on abortion I've ever read

And the ending was awesome, the way she brought two longtime foes together, showing that we, as humans, are a lot more alike than we are different, even when we stand on opposite sides of a polarizing issue
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