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The Right to Privacy (Bioethics & Culture) [Hardcover]

By Janet E. Smith & Robert H. Bork (Foreward By)
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Pages   93
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2008
Publisher   National Catholic Bioethics Center, Ignatius Press
ISBN  158617259X  
EAN  9781586172596  


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Janet Smith, well-known philosophy professor and writer, presents a critical look at the meaning of the "right to privacy" that has been so often employed by the Supreme Court in recent times to justify the creation of rights not found in the Constitution by any traditional method of interpreting a legal document. Smith shows how these inventions have led to the legal protection of abortion, assisted suicide, homosexual acts, and more. As Judge Bork says it shows that "morals legislation now seems constitutionally impermissible", and that the counterfeit right to privacy belongs to the genre of the indecipherable and incoherent that no one who wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights would have contemplated.

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Janet E. Smith, the well-known philosophy professor and writer, presents a critical look at the meaning of the "right to privacy" that has been so often employed by the Supreme Court in recent times to justify the creation of rights not found in the Constitution by any traditional method of interpreting a legal document. Smith demonstrates how such inventions have led to the legal protection of abortion, assisted suicide, homosexual acts, and more.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JANET E. SMITH is the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She wrote "Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later" and "Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader." She speaks nationally and internationally on the church s teaching on sexuality and on bioethics. Over one million copies of her talk Contraception: Why Not have been distributed. DR. CHRISTOPHER KACZOR holds a PH.D. from the University of Notre Dame, studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne in Germany, and is the Robert H. Taylor Chair in Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He wrote "Proportionalism and the Natural Law Tradition," "The Edge of Life: Human Dignity and Contemporary Bioethics" and "How to Stay Catholic in College.""

Janet E. Smith was born in 1950.

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Fantastic!  Sep 24, 2009
Smith does a fabulous job of detailing the evolution of the "right to privacy" and its implications. A susinct explanation of how the right to privacy began and continues to be employed in court cases and everday vernacular, this is a must read for anyone who wants to be able to speak more fluidly on the subject. It is also a great resource to keep on hand.
 
An excellent explanation  Dec 15, 2008
People who are looking for a book that discusses why contraception, abortion, euthanasia, and homosexuality are wrong will be disappointed with this book. Janet Smith is very clear that this is not in the scope of the book. Her sole purpose, which is executed perfectly, is to explain HOW we as a culture have come so far in our Culture of Death... how the wording in various court cases have set the precedent. The book does not give tactics pro-lifers can use and it doesn't (unfortunately) discuss in depth the future implications of how the phrase "the right to privacy" can be employed... though she does briefly touch on how incest, bestiality, bigamy etc. seem to be set to fall like dominoes using the logic justices have used for other evils of our time.

I think the most important point I got out of this book was an explanation of WHY there has to be some foundation of absolute truth in a society in order to have an effective government. This is discussed in the first chapter. If we as a culture accept relativism and the idea that individuals can define their own meaning of existence... anything goes. And this concept of individualism (even at the cost of the greater good of society) sets a precendent for the total perversion and manipulation of the concept "the right to privacy." This is a short and relatively scholarly read... I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a greater understanding of the history of our Culture of Death.
 
Book order  Nov 2, 2008
I was very pleased with timely arrival of my order- ahead of my expectations in fact. I would purchase from this seller again.
 

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