Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City, and the Conflict That Divided America

On October 23, 1998, Barnett Slepian, an abortion provider in Buffalo, New York, was killed by a sniper’s bullet. Days later, another local doctor, Shalom Press, received a threat that he was “next on the list.” Within hours, the Press family was under police protection, and America’s violent struggle over abortion had come to the blue-collar city of Buffalo. In Absolute Convictions, Press recounts his family’s experience with protesters outside his father’s clinic, patients who braved the gauntlet of demonstrators, and politicians who attempted to appease both sides. With remarkable sensitivity, Eyal Press “plunges into, and transcends, a polarized debate that makes partisans of us all” (The Nation).

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    • Eyal Press is Nation Institute fellow and a writer based in New York. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, The Nation, and numerous other publications. He is the author of Beautiful Souls (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012), a book about indi...

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