Our Right to Choose
354 Pages

Our Right to Choose


354 Pages


Wipf and Stock is to be congratulated for making Beverly Wildung Harrison's Our Right to Choose newly available. Recognized as a classic in its field from its publication in 1983, Our Right to Choose is as compelling--and needed--today as it was then.

- Nyla Rasmussen, RN, Maternal Child Health
Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics,
Union Theological Seminary, New York City
"This historic book is as incisive, pertinent, timely and morally compelling as it was twenty-eight years ago. Harrison has both ethical purchase and feminist vision on 'The Issue of Our Age.' Read it, learn, be convicted and act!"
- Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary
"Decades after its initial publication, Beverly Wildung Harrison's sex-positive, justice and social welfare affirming study of abortion remains a unique and trailblazing contribution to the field of Christian ethics. From the treatment of women's procreation in the history of Western Christianity to the rhetoric of 1970s abortion politics, she offers meticulous critiques and constructive feminist Christian ideas sorely needed in today's debates about abortion rights."
Traci C. West, author of Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women's Lives Matter



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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 Our Right to Choose Toward a New Ethic of Abortion By Harrison, Beverly Wildung Copyright©1983 by Harrison, Beverly Wildung ISBN 13: 9797-643-58-1-610 Publication date 11/1/2011 Previously published by Beacon Press, 1983
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Preface to the 2011 Reprint Edition
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