Encyclopedia of Abortion in the United States, 2d ed.

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This now revised and updated encyclopedia comprehensively covers abortion from the founding of the nation through 2007. Since the publication of the first edition, the Supreme Court has issued a number of important opinions on abortion, such as the approval of a federal ban on partial-birth abortion in Gonzales v. Carhart. Along with new entries on these events and other topics, the second edition is also enhanced by more than 40 photographs and more than 300 charts and graphs.
The roles of the Supreme Court and other judicial and legislative bodies are covered in great detail. Entries focus on the voting position taken by every Supreme Court justice who has ever participated in an abortion decision; provide the actual abortion laws of each state; and summarize individual statutes to help nonspecialist readers understand the laws.
Many entries focus on the social, religious, or moral arguments surrounding abortion and identify and describe the leading pro-life and pro-choice abortion organizations. There are entries summarizing the major lawful or unlawful activities that have occurred in support or protest of abortion.
Medical issues related to abortion are fully covered: modern contraceptive devices, different methods of abortion, the gestational development of the human fetus, embryonic cloning, assisted reproductive technology, surrogacy, and embryonic/fetal stem cell research.

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Louis J. Palmer, Jr., is an attorney for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. He is also the author of Encyclopedia of DNA and the United States Criminal Justice System (2004), Encyclopedia of Capital Punishment in the United States, 2d ed. (2008), Organ Transplants from Executed Prisoners (1999) and The Death Penalty (1998). Xueyan Z. Palmer is also an attorney. They both live in Charleston, West Virginia.

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The history of abortion in the U.S. has been written in the courtroom, beginning with the landmark case of Roe v. Wade in 1973. This A-Z encyclopedia covers every Supreme Court opinion since that date. Legal coverage also includes the majority of abortion laws in each state.

Entries for the Supreme Court cases are meticulously thorough. Complete citations are given along with all the case specifics such as date argued, date decided, concurring and dissenting opinions, and names of counsels. The background of each case is provided, as is significant text of the majority opinion. Every Supreme Court justice who rendered an opinion in an abortion case also has an entry giving a brief biographical sketch of the justice and comments on the pertinent case(s). Voting records of the justices are included.

State law summaries begin with a brief overview of the state's legislative history regarding abortion, followed by text of the current state code. Additional coverage includes short paragraphs summarizing the philosophy and purpose of many pro-choice and pro-life organizations. The position of religious denominations appears in an entry entitled Religion and abortion. Abortion-related medical terms are covered, but details are brief. Examples of these terms are the various methods of abortion and contraception and genetic disorders.

Supplementary statistical information accompanies some entries, but there is no main entry for statistics such as appear in Abortion: A Reference Handbook (2d ed., ABC-CLIO, 1996). The alphabetical index of names and entry headings does not make information retrieval easy; a subject index would have been more useful. Despite these problems the strong legal focus and currency of information make the encyclopedia a useful resource for public and academic libraries. Because of the focus on the period since Roe v. Wade, researchers will need to turn to sources such as Encyclopedia of Birth Control (ABC-CLIO, 2001) for historical perspective. RBB
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