The House of Atreus: Abortion as a Human Rights Issue

The House of Atreus: Abortion as a Human Rights Issue

The House of Atreus: Abortion as a Human Rights Issue

The House of Atreus: Abortion as a Human Rights Issue

Synopsis

Thought-provoking and unconventional, this work argues that abortion is not simply a "medical" or "theological" issue, but one that goes to the very heart of our conception of human rights. Multi-disciplinary in scope, the book weaves together law, history, science, and the words of human rights leaders to make a passionate case for protecting the unborn.

Excerpt

Several years ago, after having found myself in numerous discussions on abortion, I decided to make a rough outline of my thoughts on the topic. I felt I could articulate my position more clearly if I had time to organize my thoughts beforehand. The project I thought would take a weekend soon took on a life of its own. This book is the result.

The House of Atreus aims to stimulate a re-evaluation of abortion and its place in American society. Rather than developing a new code of ethics specifically for abortion, I have striven to show that abortion is irreconcilable with principles that we already regard as almost universally accepted. I attempt to do this by framing abortion as a human rights problem, rather than merely an abstract philosophical, theological, or medical issue. I have also tried to present the issue in a manner that is unique and thought provoking, and accessible to lay persons as well as scholars.

Although The House of Atreus occasionally refers to some of the better-known arguments on both sides of the abortion debate, I have consciously tried to limit my discussion of them. There are already many fine books discussing these arguments, and I wanted to develop a slightly different perspective on the issue. I have also deliberately avoided the theological arguments made against abortion. While theological appeals are important--very important--they tend to be effec-

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