Guide provides latest analyses on abortion and the law

A new book from the American Bar Association, “Whose Choice Is It? Abortion, Medicine, and the Law, 7th Edition,” is a guide that addresses every aspect of reproductive health and abortion both in the United States and worldwide. It also addresses changing contraceptive and abortion practices, and what the future likely holds.

Some of the world’s foremost experts address abortion practices from legal, medical, political and moral perspectives and provide a historical perspective on women’s access to abortion and contraception, including Dr. Rebecca Gomperts — the world’s leading deliverer of abortion care in restrictive countries — among other pertinent perspectives.

Co-author David F. Walbert received degrees in physics from Stanford University and the University of Michigan before receiving his law degree with honors from Case Western Reserve University. In addition to representing clients in many constitutional cases, including before the U.S. Supreme Court, Walbert has taught constitutional law and constitutional litigation at Emory University School of Law, spoken frequently at legal education seminars and published articles in various legal journals. Walbert’s notable clients include past governors of Georgia, the Georgia state judiciary, the U.S. Senate and civil rights groups. His litigation practice has included cases involving medical standards and regulatory issues that overlap with the many medical issues addressed in “Whose Choice Is It?”

Co-author J. Douglas Butler studied at Case Western Reserve University’s joint program with the schools of medicine and law. Upon completion of his studies, he served as a medical missionary in Ecuador, where he became keenly aware of the poor reproductive medical care in Latin America. The shocking state of family planning and contraception, abortion access and what passed for medical care for newborns with physical deficiencies reinforced Butler’s views about morality and medicine. He then studied pediatric orthopedics in Portugal. After returning to the United States, Butler practiced medicine in Maryland and was inducted into the American College of Legal Medicine.

“Whose Choice Is It? Abortion, Medicine, and the Law, 7th Edition” is available as a paperback and eBook and costs $129.95. To order, visit


Subscribe to the Legal News!

Full access to public notices, articles, columns, archives, statistics, calendar and more

Day Pass Only $4.95!
One-County $80/year

Three-County & Full Pass also available