Dispelling the Myths of Abortion History

Author: Joseph W. Dellapenna
Publisher:
ISBN: STANFORD:36105114405769
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Law

In Roe v. Wade, Justice Harry Blackmun structured the argument of the majority around the history of abortion laws. That history built on the work of law professor Cyril Means, Jr., and historian James Mohr. Means and Mohr proclaim four theses as summarizing the “true” history of abortion in England and America: (1) Abortion was not a crime “at common law” (before the enactment of abortion statutes in the nineteenth century. (2) Abortion was common and relatively safe during this time.(3) Abortion statutes were enacted in the nineteenth century in order to protect the life of the mother rather than the life of the embryo or fetus.(4) The moving force behind the nineteenth-century statutes was the attempt of the male medical profession to suppress competition from competing practitioners of alternative forms of medicine.This book dispels these myths and sets forth the true history of abortion and abortion law in English and American society. Anglo- American law always treated abortion as a serious crime, generally including early in pregnancy. Prosecutions and even executions go back 800 years in England, establishing law that carried over to colonial America. The reasons offered for these prosecutions and penalties consistently focused on protecting the life of the unborn child. This unbroken tradition refutes the claims that unborn children have not been treated as persons in our law or as persons under the Constitution of the United States.

The Eloquence of Truth

Author: Ralph Wright
Publisher: eBookIt.com
ISBN: 9780984011780
Release Date: 2011-10-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

In The Eloquence of Truth, Ralph Wright, OSB uses poetry, prose and authoritative teaching to address such egregious issues as abortion, euthanasia, and slavery. Using these art forms, he make readers aware of Truth and how that truth affects our freedom in every day life. Truth alone, he stresses, can guarantee respect for the inalienable dignity and rights of each man, woman and child in our world - including the most defenseless of all human beings, the unborn child in the mother's womb. His main message in Eloquence is to show us the immeasurable value of each human being in the eyes of God, and he prays that fellow human beings will realize the truth about the 'almost divine dignity' of humankind, also realizing that this dignity subsists in us from the moment we are conceived.

Secular Faith

Author: Mark A. Smith
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226275376
Release Date: 2015-09-11
Genre: Political Science

When Pope Francis recently answered “Who am I to judge?” when asked about homosexuality, he ushered in a new era for the Catholic church. A decade ago, it would have been unthinkable for a pope to express tolerance for homosexuality. Yet shifts of this kind are actually common in the history of Christian groups. Within the United States, Christian leaders have regularly revised their teachings to match the beliefs and opinions gaining support among their members and larger society. Mark A. Smith provocatively argues that religion is not nearly the unchanging conservative influence in American politics that we have come to think it is. In fact, in the long run, religion is best understood as responding to changing political and cultural values rather than shaping them. Smith makes his case by charting five contentious issues in America’s history: slavery, divorce, homosexuality, abortion, and women’s rights. For each, he shows how the political views of even the most conservative Christians evolved in the same direction as the rest of society—perhaps not as swiftly, but always on the same arc. During periods of cultural transition, Christian leaders do resist prevailing values and behaviors, but those same leaders inevitably acquiesce—often by reinterpreting the Bible—if their positions become no longer tenable. Secular ideas and influences thereby shape the ways Christians read and interpret their scriptures. So powerful are the cultural and societal norms surrounding us that Christians in America today hold more in common morally and politically with their atheist neighbors than with the Christians of earlier centuries. In fact, the strongest predictors of people’s moral beliefs are not their religious commitments or lack thereof but rather when and where they were born. A thoroughly researched and ultimately hopeful book on the prospects for political harmony, Secular Faith demonstrates how, over the long run, boundaries of secular and religious cultures converge.

Jesus v Abortion

Author: Charles K. Bellinger
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781498235051
Release Date: 2016-06-16
Genre: Religion

There are three main positions that people adopt within the abortion debate: pro-life, muddled middle, and pro-choice. Jesus v. Abortion critiques the pro-choice and muddled middle positions, employing several unusual angles: (1) The question "What would Jesus say about abortion if he were here today?" is given very substantial treatment. (2) The abortion debate is usually conducted using moral and metaphysical arguments; this book adds in anthropological insights regarding the function of violence in human culture. (3) Rights language is employed by both sides of the debate, to opposite ends; this book leads the reader to ask deep questions about the concept of "rights." (4) The use of historical analogies in the abortion debate goes both directions, in the sense that both sides accuse the other of being similar to the defenders of slavery; this book contains what is probably the most sophisticated and sustained analysis of the meaning and legitimacy of such analogies. (5) Many important thinkers are brought into this conversation, such as Soren Kierkegaard, Eric Voegelin, Julien Benda, Simone Weil, Kenneth Burke, Richard Weaver, Rene Girard, Philip Rieff, Giorgio Agamben, Chantal Delsol, Paul Kahn, and David Bentley Hart.

Catholicism and Historical Narrative

Author: Kevin Schmiesing
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810888586
Release Date: 2014-01-30
Genre: Religion

In this volume, Catholicism and Historical Narrative: A Catholic Engagement with Historical Scholarship, Editor Kevin Schmiesing has gathered a distinguished group of scholars who, in various ways, call into question conventional story lines by highlighting previously neglected Catholic ideas and individuals. Built on ample evidence and employing keen insight, each essay is the result of cutting-edge research in fields ranging from historical research on Puritan New England and the antebellum South to the history of abortion to the twentieth-century papacy.

A Conversation about Abortion Between Justice Blackmun and the Founding Fathers

Author: Duane L Ostler
Publisher: Duane L Ostler
ISBN: 9781311608055
Release Date: 2014-10-08
Genre: Social Science

On a dark night in Independence Hall, ghosts of the founding fathers gather to discuss with Justice Blackmun the Roe v Wade abortion opinion he penned in 1973. Using actual quotes from the founding fathers, this debate soundly refutes Blackmun's arguments from the Roe opinion, and shows that the founders would be greatly disturbed at the law regarding abortion in America today.

Abortion Rites

Author: Marvin N. Olasky
Publisher: Crossway Books
ISBN: 0891076875
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Religion

Describes the three main groups of women who had abortions through the mid-nineteenth century, and assesses the impact of early anti-abortion laws

Aufkl rung jetzt

Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104030685
Release Date: 2018-09-26
Genre: Philosophy

Eine leidenschaftliche Antithese zum üblichen Kulturpessimismus und ein engagierter Widerspruch zu dem weitverbreiteten Gefühl, dass die Moderne dem Untergang geweiht ist. Hass, Populismus und Unvernunft regieren die Welt, Wissenschaftsfeindlichkeit macht sich breit, Wahrheit gibt es nicht mehr: Wer die Schlagzeilen von heute liest, könnte so denken. Doch Bestseller-Autor Steven Pinker zeigt, dass das grundfalsch ist. Er hat die Entwicklung der vergangenen Jahrhunderte gründlich untersucht und beweist in seiner fulminanten Studie, dass unser Leben stetig viel besser geworden ist. Heute leben wir länger, gesünder, sicherer, glücklicher, friedlicher und wohlhabender denn je, und nicht nur in der westlichen Welt. Der Grund: die Aufklärung und ihr Wertesystem. Denn Aufklärung und Wissenschaft bieten nach wie vor die Basis, um mit Vernunft und im Konsens alle Probleme anzugehen. Anstelle von Gerüchten zählen Fakten, anstatt überlieferten Mythen zu glauben baut man auf Diskussion und Argumente. Anschaulich und brillant macht Pinker eines klar: Vernunft, Wissenschaft, Humanismus und Fortschritt sind weiterhin unverzichtbar für unser Wohlergehen. Ohne sie wird die Welt auf keinen Fall zu einem besseren Ort für uns alle. »Mein absolutes Lieblingsbuch aller Zeiten.« Bill Gates

Cosa Nostra

Author: John Dickie
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104029535
Release Date: 2013-08-22
Genre: History

John Dickie erzählt in seinem internationalen Bestseller die spannende Geschichte der Mafia von ihren Anfängen in den Olivenhainen Siziliens, über ihre Erfolgsgeschichte in den USA bis hin zu ihrem Ausbau zur global operierenden Holding. Von den Regeln, die die Organisation der "Ehrenmänner" im Innersten zusammenhalten, von ihren Initiationsriten, ihren Strategien und Kooperationspartnern in Staat, Gesellschaft und Kirche. Wenn Sie glauben, alles über die Mafia zu wissen, irren Sie sich! Erweitert und aktualisiert: mit einem Extra-Kapitel zur Festnahme von Bernardo Provenzano im Jahr 2006. „ ́Cosa Nostra ́ liest sich wie ein Roman. Ich weiß nicht, was ich am meisten loben soll: Dickies Sorgfalt, Genauigkeit und seinen Scharfsinn als Historiker oder seine Lebhaftigkeit, seinen Schwung und seine Gewandtheit als Erzähler.“ Andrea Camilleri

Briefe an Hitler

Author: Henrik Eberle
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 3785723105
Release Date: 2007-10-16
Genre: History

Glühende Liebesbriefe waren ihm unangenehm, Widmungen von Musikstücken lehnte er ab, die Vermarktung seines Konterfeis mit Gipsbüsten duldete er ebensowenig wie eine "Hitler-Zigarette". In der Privatkanzlei des "Führers"wurden Tausende Briefe archiviert, viele persönlich gelesen und weiterbearbeitet.Unter Staubschichten von Jahrzehnten verbargen sich in einem Moskauer Archiv die authentischen Zeugnisse deutscher Mentalität. Henrik Eberle hat sie erstmals systematisch ausgewertet und kommentiert ? eine Fundgrube für Psychologen, Historiker und Pädagogen. Bittbriefe, Gebete, Treueschwüre, Appelle und Hilferufe ? nicht nur aus Deutschland ? bilden ein Stimmungsbarometer der Jahre 1925 bis 1945, das einen schauern lässt. Die Menschen legten sich dem Diktator zu Füßen ? und wandten sich ab, als der Erfolg den "Führer"verlässt.

Abuse of Discretion

Author: Clarke D. Forsythe
Publisher: Encounter Books
ISBN: 9781594036927
Release Date: 2013-10-14
Genre: Law

Based on 20 years of research, including an examination of the papers of eight of the nine Justices who voted in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, Abuse of Discretion is a critical review of the behind-the-scenes deliberations that went into the Supreme Court's abortion decisions and how the mistakes made by the Justices in 1971-1973 have led to the turmoil we see today in legislation, politics, and public health. The first half of the book looks at the mistakes made by the Justices, based on the case files, the oral arguments, and the Justices’ papers. The second half of the book critically examines the unintended consequences of the abortion decisions in law, politics, and women’s health. Why do the abortion decisions remain so controversial after almost 40 years, despite more than 50,000,000 abortions, numerous presidential elections, and a complete turnover in the Justices? Why did such a sweeping decision—with such important consequences for public health, producing such prolonged political turmoil—come from the Supreme Court in 1973? Answering those questions is the aim of this book. The controversy over the abortion decisions has hardly subsided, and the reasons why are to be found in the Justices’ deliberations in 1971-1972 that resulted in the unprecedented decision they issued. Discuss Abuse of Discretion on Twitter using hashtag #AbuseOfDiscretion.

Zehn Milliarden

Author: Stephen Emmott
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 9783518734100
Release Date: 2013-09-09
Genre: Social Science

Für die Herstellung eines Burgers braucht man 3000 Liter Wasser. Wir produzieren in zwölf Monaten mehr Ruß als im gesamten Mittelalter und fliegen allein in diesem Jahr sechs Billionen Kilometer. Unsere Enkel werden sich die Erde mit zehn Milliarden Menschen teilen müssen. Haben wir noch eine Zukunft? Stephen Emmott, Leiter eines von Microsoft aufgebauten Forschungslabors und Professor in Oxford, schafft mit »Zehn Milliarden« etwas Einzigartiges: Zum ersten Mal zeichnet ein Experte ein zusammenhängendes, aktuelles und für jeden verständliches Bild unserer Lage. Kein theoretischer Überbau, kein moralischer Zeigefinger, nur die Fakten. Und die unmissverständliche Botschaft: »Wir sind nicht zu retten.« Emmott greift auf neueste Erkenntnisse zurück und zeigt, dass wir uns längst den Boden unter den Füßen weggezogen haben. »Zehn Milliarden« ist der letzte Weckruf. Wir dürfen ihn nicht überhören.