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Protect and Defend by Richard North Patterson
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Jan 01, 2012

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Read in October, 2001

A 15-year-old San Francisco girl gets pregnant and wants to have an abortion. Just before this happens, Congress passes a law requiring parental consent for late-term abortions for minors. The baby is hydrocephalic and will be born without a brain if it goes full term. A young attorney agrees to take the child to court to fight her parents - anti-abortion activists - who want her to have the baby. In the midst of all this, the attorney's mentor, a federal judge in San Francisco gets nominated to the supreme court by a new president.This is the stage for this tense legal thriller which explores difficult questions of the rights of children and the politics of personal destruction. A thick book, but a gripping page-turner.

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