Brahmin Bull

The Liberal Case Against Abortion
by Vasu Murti
R.A.G.E. Media, 2006
(84 pages, $9.95, paperback)

reviewed by Anne Barbeau Gardiner

A descendant of South Indian Brahmins, who holds degrees in physics and applied mathematics, and is a member of the ACLU, Feminists for Life, Amnesty International, and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), Vasu Murti claims to show from a purely “rational, secular” viewpoint, “apart from religion,” that human life begins at conception, a point he illustrates with photos.

Well and good, but there is more to the book than that, and that more undermines his argument. The author puts various civil rights on a par with the right . . .

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Anne Barbeau Gardiner is Professor Emerita of English at John Jay College of the City University of New York. She has published on Dryden, Milton, and Swift, as well as on Catholics of the 17th century.

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