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Why Strive for Balance in a Roe Symposium?

8 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2014 Last revised: 14 Jun 2014

Samuel Wolfe Calhoun

Washington and Lee University - School of Law

Date Written: June 4, 2014

Abstract

The November 2014 symposium at Washington and Lee University School of Law, Roe at 40: The Controversy Continues, aimed for balance, both in its presentations and in its sponsorship. This brief introduction explains why this goal, which I believe was achieved, was viewed as worthwhile. Balance is a worthy objective not only for educational reasons, but also because a balanced event provides opportunities for disputants to relate to one another on an ordinary human level. This in turn offers the hope of softening those angry and harsh aspects of public discourse that participants on all sides find so disagreeable.

Keywords: Abortion debate civility, Abortion debate balance, Abortion, Civility, Balance, Roe v. Wade, Roe at 40, Public discourse

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K32

Suggested Citation

Calhoun, Samuel Wolfe, Why Strive for Balance in a Roe Symposium? (June 4, 2014). 71 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 817; Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. 2014-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2445623

Samuel Wolfe Calhoun (Contact Author)

Washington and Lee University - School of Law ( email )

Lexington, VA 24450
United States

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