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Birth or Abortion?: Private Struggles in a Political World Paperback – August 7, 2001

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In a sensitive and generally balanced attempt to "keep the human faces of a profound moral dilemma plainly in view," Maloy, a freelance writer, and Patterson, a journalism professor at Duquesne University, profile 50 women as each chooses either to continue or to terminate a pregnancy. The participants have variously confronted abortion between the 1950s and the late 1980s; coming from a wide range of economic, cultural and racial backgrounds, the subjects also address a variety of challenges, from genetic threats to financial burdens. From their reporting, the authors conclude that specific practical and emotional considerations determine a woman's choice. They note that while deciding whether or not to abort, the women they profiled rarely used the highly charged moral and political language used in public debate, and suggest that abortion-rights advocates and right-to-life defenders must seek common ground. The thesis of the book--that abortion is right for some and wrong for others, and that only the involved parties can arrive at the best decision--represents a pro-choice position.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (August 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738205885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738205885
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,154,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was interesting getting a perspective of what it was like in the 50s, it was a very different world then when there was so much stigma against unwed mothers. (That's not even a term you're used to saying or seeing in the 21st century) the stories of the women down through the decades were very interesting, but the author's commentary was kind of long-winded and hard to get through at times.
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