Magazine December 21, 2015, Issue

The Right to Be a Victim

Anti-abortion and pro-choice demonstrators argue in front of the Supreme Court, January 2011 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
How legal abortion creates an absurdity in criminal law

In 1986, Leonard Hall of New York City got into a brawl with a man in a store at the corner of 127th Street and Lenox Avenue. Unsatisfied with the outcome, he left to fetch his pistol and ambushed the man outside a pool hall. Like many criminals, Hall was a terrible shot, and his fusillade missed his intended victim entirely. He did manage to shoot — twice — Brigette Garrett, who was on her way to Sylvia’s, the famous Harlem restaurant. Garrett was nearly eight months pregnant, and the bullet that passed through her abdomen destroyed her placenta, some

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Politics & Policy

Race, Class, Health

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The Spratly Showdown

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Books, Arts & Manners


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An Embracing America I loved “Civil-Rights Republicanism” by Theodore R. Johnson (November 2). I’m an immigrant. I believe that America is so great that it can embrace us wanna-be Americans and ...
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The Week

 ‐ President Obama insisted that gathering in Paris to eat canapés and chat about the weather in the wake of the horrific Islamic State attack on that city constitutes a ...

Of Carbon and Capricorn

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Happy Warrior

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