24 April 2006

Book Review: The Party Of Death

First off let me echo my heros over at NRO. Ramesh for SCOTUS.

Ramesh Ponnuru has written what will go down as the definitive overview of the abortion debate and its aftermath, with the publication of The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life .
He clearly and distinctly presents the effects of Roe v. Wade, and Doe v. Bolton, in the context of what they wrought. Not just the Media myth of only first trimester abortions being legal, but the whole Pandora's box of results.
Results like: partial-birth abortions, the idea that parents should be selective when it comes to the birth of "disabled" children, and even the disturbing ideas of Professor Peter Singer of Princeton and his theories of Infanitcide.
The idea that Roe protects only first-trimeater abortions is shown to be a myth driven by the media and self-titled intenigencia. This great qoute comes from the last chapter of the book.

Many people seemed to think that these nominees might overturn Roe by themselves. In fact, even if they wanted to overturn Roe, they would not have the votes unless a third new anti-Roe justice joined them. In addition the mythology of Roe was alive and well. Reporters and pollsters continued to suggest that Roe protected only first-trimester abortions, and that overturning it would prohibit them. Republicans cowed by the popularity of the mythical Roe, failed to challenge these notions...The end of Roe would not hand pro-lifers victory in all the political debates over abortion policy. It would give them the right to have those debates in the first place. (pages 240-244)

This is a book that needs to be read by both sides, to give strength to the pro-life side and to show the pro-choice side where their ideas are leading both their party and the country.

I would like to thank the people at Regnery Publishing for the advanced copy that I received. And I would also like to thank Mr. Ponnuru for writing such a fine and enlightening read.

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