Hard Choices, Lost Voices by Donald P. Judges
How the Abortion Conflict Has Divided America, Distorted Constitutional Rights, and Damaged the Courts

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In a powerful indictment of the battle over abortion rights, Donald Judges charges that the conflict has polarized society, dehumanized its participants, distorted Constitutional law, warped the courts, and created an unfair and arbitrary allocation of rights. His clearly written, thorough investigation of the controversy begins by tracing the sociological, medical, historical, and legal backgrounds of abortion, with equal attention to the arguments of pro- and anti- forces. He then considers the Supreme Court's response to the constitutional elements of the abortion question, beginning in the Court's early years, moving to the crucial Roe v. Wade decision, and examining later cases up to the present. The Court's decisions, Mr. Judges concludes, serve neither side well and help further to roil our society. His balanced perspective on the major issues in the abortion debate, his fair-minded treatment of the opposing positions, and his suggestions for a new path toward resolution make this the outstanding book on the subject—for the committed, the concerned, and the undecided.

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Donald P. Judges teaches law at the University of Arkansas and writes frequently on constitutional issues. He has studied psychology as well as law, has clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals, and has been an associate of the Washington law firm of Arnold & Porter. Among a number of prizes, Mr. Judges has received the Joseph Bernstein Award for Legal Writing.
Published April 28, 1993 by Ivan R. Dee, Publisher. 352 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In this thoughtful, stimulating inquiry, University of Arkansas law professor Judges endorses a woman's right to abortion while remaining critical of the excesses and absolutism he observes on both sides of the debate.

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