From the July/August, 2003 issue of Touchstone
abortion The Unnatural in Pursuit of the Unreal by Anne Barbeau Gardiner

The Unnatural in Pursuit of the Unreal

A Defense of Abortion
by David Boonin
Cambridge University Press, 2002
(350 pages; $23.00, paperback)

reviewed by Anne Barbeau Gardiner

The blurb on the opening page informs us that Daniel Boonin has written, in A Defense of Abortion, “the most thorough and detailed case for the moral permissibility of abortion yet published.” The book evolved from a college course on abortion that the author has taught since 1995, and it is one in a series of “Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Public Policy,” recommended for students of applied ethics and bioethics.

Boonin is not content to let the debate on abortion end with “reasonable people” continuing to disagree. He is sure he can persuade the critics of abortion that, . . .


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