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Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion by Francis J. Beckwith

By Francis J. Beckwith

Protecting lifestyles is the main accomplished safeguard of the prolife place on abortion ever released. it really is subtle, yet nonetheless available to the normal citizen. with no high-pitched rhetoric or appeals to faith, the writer bargains a cautious and respectful case for why the prolife view of human lifestyles is right. He responds to the most powerful prochoice arguments present in legislations, technology, philosophy, politics, and the media. He explains and evaluations Roe v. Wade, and he explains why almost the entire renowned prochoice arguments fail. there's easily not anything like this e-book.

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Thus, according to the Court, a viable child born at 22-weeks gestation in 2007 is fully human while a nonviable prenatal child at 30-weeks gestation in 1907 is not fully human.

A. 2 According to the Texas law at the time (essentially unchanged since 1856), a woman may procure an abortion only if it is necessary to save her life. Because Roe’s pregnancy was not life threatening, she sued the state of Texas. In 1970, the unmarried Roe filed a class action suit in federal district court in Dallas. The federal court ruled that the Texas law was unconstitutionally vague and overbroad and infringed on a woman’s right to reproductive freedom. S. Supreme Court. After the case was argued twice before it, the Court issued Roe v.

Writes Blackmun: A state criminal abortion statute of the current Texas type, that excepts from criminality only a life-saving procedure on behalf of the mother without regard to pregnancy stage and without recognition of the other interests involved, is violative of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. (a) For the stage prior to approximately the end of the first trimester, the abortion decision and its effectuation must be left to the medical judgment of the pregnant woman’s attending physician.

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