July 21, 1993

Abortion, Medicine, and the Law

Author Affiliations

American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics Boston, Mass


edited by J. Douglas Butler and David F. Walbert, 4th ed, 890 pp, $65, ISBN 0-8160-2535-5, New York, NY, Facts on File, 1992.

JAMA. 1993;270(3):385-386. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510030109050

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President Clinton now has the opportunity to nominate new associate justices to the US Supreme Court. While the president appropriately states that the nominees' views on abortion will not become a "litmus test," it is clear that the constitutional right to privacy will loom large for both the president and the Senate in choosing associate justices for the court.

It is within this charged context of the Supreme Court, society, and reproductive rights that this new edition appears. The new, completely revised Abortion, Medicine, and the Law is an anthology of papers of considerable worth on a subject of abiding interest in American society. The strength of the text is in the internationally recognized scholars on constitutional law (eg, William Van Alstyne and Walter Dellinger), reproductive medicine (eg, EtienneEmile Baulieu and Alan Guttmacher), and ethics (eg, Daniel Callahan and Thomas Murray).

When the first three editions of this text were