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Detailed Plot Synopsis of Protect And Defend

This book entails a legal fight between daughter and father and who has the right to decide the fate of a teenagers pregnancy in the face of fetuses nonviable defect. The father refuses to give permission until the courts take over and allow by default for the late term abortion to be done, aborting a baby without a brain.
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    A fifteen-year-old girl is pregnant carrying a brain-damaged fetus. She wants to abort her child, but the recently enacted federal law requires parental permission for a minor to obtain a late stage abortion. Her devout pro-life parents will never agree to the abortion. If the child comes to term, a c-section is required that might leave the teen sterile. Lawyer Sara Dash accepts Mary Ann's case in an attempt to prove the law is unconstitutional and the court should repeal the congressional law.

    Kerry Kilcannon has just been sworn into office as president. One of his first decisions is to nominate the Honorable Caroline Clark Masters as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Sarah was once Caroline's law clerk and each hold the other in high regard. If Sarah takes the case on appeal, Caroline will sit on the bench, jeopardizing her chance to become Chief Justice because she will vote for the abortion. Conservatives will then have the ammunition to defeat her nomination. The newly elected President faces his first test in office because he is determined that Caroline will be the next Chief Justice.

    In a land where law and politics go hand in hand, there is a heroic president, a fine Chief Justice nominee, and an idealistic lawyer battling to see justice occurs. The cast on both sides of the complex abortion issue seems very believable because their motives appear genuine and
honorable. This is what makes Richard North Patterson's novel an exciting, impossible to put down political thriller.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 60%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   power struggle within govt between two factions Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   civil suit to get justice

Main Character

Gender    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   a teen    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Washington D.C.

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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