Marya Mannes was born in New York City to David Mannes and Clara
Damrosch, the founders of the Mannes College of Music. Her major works of fiction and
nonfiction include Message from a Stranger (1948); More in Anger (1958); The New
York I Know (1961); Out of My Time (1971), her autobiography; Uncoupling: The Art
of Coming Apart (1972), a guide to divorce; and Last Rights (1974), a powerful and explicit
plea for laws to ensure death with dignity. In the following excerpt from Last
Rights, The Unwilled, Mannes argues that a quality-of-life standard (rather than
sanctity-of-life criteria) should be applied in those situations where an abortion is being
Visit this site to read some interesting and thought-provoking quotations from Mannes.
Against the Sanctity of Life
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The Sacred Gift of Life
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Bushs Sanctity of Human Life Day
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The Sanctity of Life Seduced
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