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Rethinking Abortion

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ISBN-13: 978-0691011424
ISBN-10: 0691011427
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"[Mark Graber's] pragmatic interpretation of abortion law and politics is interesting, concisely written, and well researched.... Its combination of concrete analysis and theoretical insights should provide for a productive discussion."--Timothy L. Smith, The Law and Politics Book Review

"In this extremely interesting and well-written book, Mark Graber maintains that the abortion debate has bogged down. He wants to try a new approach, one that is both pragmatic and, he hopes, likely to appeal to those Americans who, like him, believe that abortion is morally wrong, but should be legal."--Bonnie Steinbock, Ethics

From the Back Cover

Mark Graber looks at the history of abortion law in action to argue that the only defensible, constitutional approach to the issue is to afford all women equal choice - abortion should remain legal or bans should be strictly enforced. Steering away from metaphysical critiques of privacy, Graber compares the philosophical, constitutional, and democratic merits of the two systems of abortion regulation witnessed in the twentieth-century: pre-Roe v. Wade statutory prohibitions on abortion and Roe's ban on significant state interference with the market for safe abortion services. He demonstrates that before Roe, pro-life measures were selectively and erratically administered, thereby subverting our constitutional commitment to equal justice. Claiming that these measures would be similarly administered if reinstated, the author seeks to increase support for keeping abortion legal, even among those who have reservations about its morality. Abortion should remain legal, Graber argues, because statutory bans on abortion have a history of being enforced in ways that intentionally discriminate against poor persons and persons of color. In the years before Roe, the same law enforcement officials who routinely ignored and sometimes assisted those physicians seeking to terminate pregnancies for their private patients too often prevented competent abortionists from offering the same services to the general public. This double standard violated the fundamental human and constitutional right of equal justice under law, a right that has powerful roots in the American political tradition and that remains a major concern of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (April 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691011427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691011424
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,932,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Mark Graber writes an excellent, in-depth analysis on the issue of abortion. To start with, I have to mention over 30 pages of well-researched bibliography with which Mr. Graber supports his argument. What I like about this book is its pragmatism and a realistic analysis of the issue: enough of the philosophical/constitutionality debates, let us see how abortion law on the books differs from abortion law in practice then let us arrive at a solution. Mr. Graber analyses pro-life and pro-choice positions showing their strengths and weaknesses, and then goes for the kill with his equal choice position.
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