Friday, August 17, 2007

Review of the Day

Scott Lemieux had a great review of Helena Silverstein's new book, Girls on the Stand: How Courts Fail Pregnant Minors. It's a great book that examines the real implications of such Supreme Court decisions as Planned Parenthood v. Casey:

Silverstein's book is an especially welcome addition because, rather than focusing on normative debates about abortion that almost anyone interested in the question is already familiar with, she focuses on how parental notification laws actually work on the ground. The book is judicious and moderate in tone; indeed, I can imagine some who agree with her conclusions wishing she had been more forceful in her criticisms of the policies she studies. But the book would not be as powerful as it is if it were not also a first-rate work of social science.

Read the whole thing.

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