Beyond Pro-life and Pro-choice

Beyond Pro-life and Pro-choice

Moral Diversity in the Abortion Debate

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
Looks at attitudes towards abortion within four religious or philosophical systems--Catholicism, evangelical Protestantism, feminism, and liberalism--and explains why each group is unlikely to change its views

Book News
Ethicist Kathy Rudy expands on the religious, moral, and philosophical aspects of the abortion debate, examining in detail Catholic, evangelical Protestant, feminist, and classical liberal perspectives. She then shows how the language used in the abortion debate has distorted the way people relate to the issue; shows why ideas about abortion are unlikely to change as long as people limit themselves to one of the "communities" of belief; and offers an alternative to allow people more freedom in expressing their individual views. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Beyond Pro-Life and Pro-Choice is a gift to all who want to expand their understanding of the religious, moral, and philosophical aspects of the abortion debate. Ethicist Kathy Rudy examines four systems of belief - Catholicism, evangelical Protestantism, feminism, and classical liberalism as expressed in the medical profession - and reveals the role abortion plays in each. She shows why, in each case, ideas, about abortion are unlikely to change - because they emerge from each community's deeply held values and concerns, which vary from community to community. She demonstrates that constructing the abortion debate as a choice between "pro-life" and "pro-choice" has distorted and misrepresented the ways that many people relate to the issue of abortion, and has obscured the diversity of belief both among and within communities and individuals. Finally, she offers a provocative alternative that would allow every community involved to more freely develop and express its views about the morality of abortion.

& Taylor

Sheds new light on the religious and philosophical underpinnings of Americans' widely divergent beliefs and attitudes toward abortion, discussing the influence of Catholicism, evangelical Christianity, feminism, and classical liberalism on the issue.

Publisher: Boston, MA : Beacon Press, 1996
ISBN: 9780807004265
Branch Call Number: 363.46 RUD
Characteristics: 185 p. : 23 cm


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