By Kathy Rudy

Past Pro-Life and Pro-Choice is a present to all who are looking to extend their realizing of the spiritual, ethical, and philosophical elements of the abortion debate. Ethicist Kathy Rudy examines 4 platforms of trust - Catholicism, evangelical Protestantism, feminism, and classical liberalism as expressed within the clinical career - and divulges the function abortion performs in every one. She indicates why, in each one case, rules, approximately abortion are not likely to alter - simply because they emerge from each one community's deeply held values and issues, which range from group to group. She demonstrates that developing the abortion debate as a decision among "pro-life" and "pro-choice" has distorted and misrepresented the ways in which many folks relate to the problem of abortion, and has obscured the variety of trust either between and inside of groups and members.

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A relational pattern, relationships are . separation and distancing. judgment has been keeping, . women we have in I suggest, is produced contemporary American in part by the liberal society. We encouraged to develop close bonds, but always provided those bonds do not extend across "unacceptable" boundaries such boundary liberalism draws to separate rational as the from nonrational THE REPRODUCTION OF AMERICA beings or the public sphere from the private. This even in what tivities. we beheve to be true, I think, our most private and protected ac- Relationships estabhshed before birth in America thus only experiences engendered within our soci- reflect the lifelong relational ety.

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