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  • The Supreme Court in the Intimate Lives of Americans: Birth, Sex, Marriage, Childrearing, and Death
  • Howard Ball
  • 2002
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  • Published by: NYU Press
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Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2003
Personal rights, such as the right to procreate—or not—and the right to die generate endless debate. This book maps out the legal, political, and ethical issues swirling around personal rights. Howard Ball shows how the Supreme Court has grappled with the right to reproduce and to abort, and takes on the issue of auto-euthanasia and assisted suicide, from Karen Ann Quinlan through Kevorkian and just recently to the Florida case of the woman who was paralyzed by a gunshot from her mother and who had the plug pulled on herself.
For the last half of the twentieth century, the justices of the Supreme Court have had to wrestle with new and difficult life and death questions for them as well as for doctors and their patients, medical ethicists, sociologists, medical practitioners, clergy, philosophers, law makers, and judges. The Supreme Court in the Intimate Lives of Americans offers a look at these issues as they emerged and examines the manner in which the men and women of the U.S. Supreme Court addressed them.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1. “Fundamental” Rights versus State Interests: The Balancing Process
  2. pp. 7-30
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  1. 2. Marriage and Marital Privacy
  2. pp. 31-67
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  1. 3. The "Rhapsody of the Unitary Family"
  2. pp. 68-89
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  1. 4. Motherhood or Not, That is Her Decision
  2. pp. 90-121
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  1. 5. Raising the Child: "Father Knows Best"?
  2. pp. 122-167
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  1. 6. "Let Me Go!": Death in the Family
  2. pp. 168-198
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  1. 7. Family and Personal Privacy in the Twenty-First Century
  2. pp. 199-218
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 219-250
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 251-258
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 259-263
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 265
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814723012
Related ISBN(s)
9780814798621
MARC Record
OCLC
70739006
Pages
278
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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