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Books on the Abortion Controversy

History of the Abortion Controversy in the US

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There are some excellent legal, religious and feminist books on abortion which explore the issues and the history from either the prochoice or prolife position. I've listed those books which, in my opinion, outline the history by presenting both factual material (the text of actual court decisions, for instance) and position papers from a variety of perspectives, including both prochoice and prolife.

  • Articles of Faith: A Frontline History of the Abortion Wars: Cynthia Gorney. Trade Paperback, 2000.
    A history of the "two sides" and how their proponents developed deepening commitments during the years abortions were illegal and then after the Roe v. Wade decision.
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  • Abortion: The Clash of Absolutes: Laurence H. Tribe. Trade Paperback, 1992.
    Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard, Tribe attempts to outline the difficult issues and why legal resolution is so difficult.
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  • Abortion Controversy: 25 Years After Roe vs. Wade, A Reader: Louis J. Pojman and Francis J. Beckwith. Trade Paperback, 1998.
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  • Abortion & Dialogue: Pro-Choice, Pro-Life, & American Law: Ruth Colker. Trade Paperback, 1992.
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