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Encyclopedia of Abortion in the United States, 2D Ed.by Louis J., Jr. Palmer
Synopses & Reviews
This now revised and updated encyclopedia comprehensively covers abortion from the founding of the nation through 2007. Since the publication of the first edition, the Supreme Court has issued a number of important opinions on abortion, such as the approval of a federal ban on partial-birth abortion in Gonzales v. Carhart. Along with new entries on these events and other topics, the second edition is also enhanced by more than 40 photographs and more than 300 charts and graphs.
The roles of the Supreme Court and other judicial and legislative bodies are covered in great detail. Entries focus on the voting position taken by every Supreme Court justice who has ever participated in an abortion decision; provide the actual abortion laws of each state; and summarize individual statutes to help nonspecialist readers understand the laws.
Many entries focus on the social, religious, or moral arguments surrounding abortion and identify and describe the leading pro-life and pro-choice abortion organizations. There are entries summarizing the major lawful or unlawful activities that have occurred in support or protest of abortion.
Medical issues related to abortion are fully covered: modern contraceptive devices, different methods of abortion, the gestational development of the human fetus, embryonic cloning, assisted reproductive technology, surrogacy, and embryonic/fetal stem cell research.
Book News Annotation:
It is telling and appropriate that two attorneys are the authors of this book on abortion in the US. Entries are included for each state, giving that state's legal history regarding abortion, with separate sections before and after Roe v. Wade. Each state entry includes tables and charts of abortion statistics by age, race, and marital status from 2000 through 2004, and also includes the full content of the state's codes. The entries have been updated in this edition to reflect changes in state and federal laws. Other entries describe medical conditions, pro-choice and pro-life organizations, and the voting record on abortion of each Supreme Court justice. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This acclaimed encyclopedia, now revised and updated, comprehensively covers abortion from the founding of the nation to the present day. Since the publication of the first edition in 2002, the Supreme Court has issued a number of important opinions on abortion, such as the approval of a federal ban on partial-birth abortion in Gonzales v. Carhart. The entries address the many political, legal, social, religious, and medical issues associated with abortion. The roles of the Supreme Court and other judicial and legislative bodies are covered in great detail, through entries which focus on the voting position taken by every Supreme Court Justice who has ever participated in an abortion decision, entries which cover the actual abortion laws of each state, and entries which summarize individual statutes to help nonspecialist readers understand the laws.
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