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The Resource Life itself : abortion in the American mind, Roger Rosenblatt

Life itself : abortion in the American mind, Roger Rosenblatt

Label
Life itself : abortion in the American mind
Title
Life itself
Title remainder
abortion in the American mind
Statement of responsibility
Roger Rosenblatt
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Life Itself, Roger Rosenblatt redefines the debate on abortion and offers a resolution. Through columns in leading publications and his on-air essays for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, Rosenblatt has become widely recognized as America's preeminent commentator on social and moral issues. In this book, he turns to the most bitterly divisive social question of our time. "Give abortion five seconds of thought and it quickly spirals down in the mind to the most basic questions about human life, to the mysteries of birth and our relationship with our souls," he writes. "It is difficult to disentangle, much less express, the feelings it engenders." Yet what we have seen in this country over the past twenty years has been the political warfare of extremists, not honest discussion among ordinary citizens with differing views. Life Itself attempts to establish an "uncommon ground" on abortion by using the deep ambivalence the great majority of Americans feel about the problem toward its resolution. We live in uncomfortable but manageable conflict on a number of important national issues, Rosenblatt writes. It is time to learn to live with conflicted feelings on abortion as well. To make his case, Rosenblatt traces the 4,000-year history of abortion, demonstrating that all civilizations have dealt with conflict on the issue, and have fashioned their resolutions to meet their particular structure and needs. Why then do Americans alone in history have so hard a time doing the same? Rosenblatt answers this provocative question by examining specific American characteristics of thought that have become particularly explosive when touched by abortion. Finally, through a series of interviews and speculations, Rosenblatt determines that the country is more united in its attitudes about abortion than the political warriors would have us believe. In the end, he presents a formula by which we may begin to recognize and live with one another on this matter in spite of, and within, our divided views:. "To create a society in which abortion is permitted and its gravity appreciated is to create but another of the many useful frictions of a democracy. Such a society does not devalue life by allowing abortion; it takes life with utmost seriousness, and is, by the depth of its conflicts and the richness of its difficulties, a reflection of life itself."
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rosenblatt, Roger
Dewey number
363.4/6
Index
no index present
LC call number
HQ767.5.U5
LC item number
R67 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Abortion
  • Abortion
  • United States
  • Schwangerschaftsabbruch
  • Integration
  • USA
  • Abortion, Legal
  • Public Opinion
Label
Life itself : abortion in the American mind, Roger Rosenblatt
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/hbz/toc/ht004333343.PDF
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-194)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Where we are -- A history of contradiction -- The American anomaly -- Life itself
Control code
ocm24694119
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 194 p.
Isbn
9780812920109
Lccn
91052686
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o24694119
  • (OCoLC)24694119
Label
Life itself : abortion in the American mind, Roger Rosenblatt
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/hbz/toc/ht004333343.PDF
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-194)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Where we are -- A history of contradiction -- The American anomaly -- Life itself
Control code
ocm24694119
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 194 p.
Isbn
9780812920109
Lccn
91052686
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o24694119
  • (OCoLC)24694119

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