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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.
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.
This is not easy reading.. I knew Judy widdicombe and she was a force to be reckoned with and a deeply missed friend. She was much more than the book. Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by Maureen O'Brian
As others have noted, Cynthia Gorney wrote a fascinating book without ever revealing her personal thoughts on abortion.
Her description of the nightmare in St. Read more
This book focuses on legalized abortion strugle mainly in Missouri from the early 50's to the late 90's. Read morePublished on July 26, 2009 by J. Kirsch
Before Roe vs. Wade thousands of women a year were getting illegal, unsanitary and oftentimes dangerous abortions. Read morePublished on July 19, 2004
Written in 1998, and criticized for stopping its retelling of the abortion story in the U.S. several years before that, Articles of Faith is nevertheless still an important book... Read morePublished on February 24, 2001
Cynthia Gorney's book, Articles of Faith, is a powerful story, told from the perspective of Missouri citizens who have battled over abortion for more than twenty-years. Read morePublished on July 19, 1998