Before Roe v. Wade: Voices that Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling

Before Roe v. Wade: Voices that Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling

by Linda Greenhouse, Reva Siegel
     
 

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Decades after the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, abortion remains a polarizing topic on America's political landscape. Blending history, culture, and law, Before Roe v. Wade explores the roots of that conflict, reconstructing the rise of the pro-choice and pro-life movements and recovering the voices that helped shape the climate that sparked the Supreme Court's

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Decades after the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, abortion remains a polarizing topic on America's political landscape. Blending history, culture, and law, Before Roe v. Wade explores the roots of that conflict, reconstructing the rise of the pro-choice and pro-life movements and recovering the voices that helped shape the climate that sparked the Supreme Court's 1973 decision. This perspective on the abortion debate is as relevant as ever with the prospect of imminent changes on the Supreme Court.

Including rare and never-before-seen archival documents-and showcasing a variety of fascinating firsthand accounts from women who considered illegal abortions and the doctors and clergy they consulted, calls to action by activists on both sides, papers from long-forgotten court cases and legislative debates, friend-of-the-court briefs, and other documents of an era marked by transformation-the authors recapture a pivotal chapter in America's past.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
During the 1960s, “a conversation about the legitimate grounds for abortion” turned into “an argument about the legitimacy of government control over abortion,” while support for decriminalizing the procedure continued to increase. The Pulitzer-Prize winning Greenhouse (Becoming Justice Blackmun) has covered the Supreme Court for nearly 30 years; together with Yale Law professor Siegel (Processes of Constitutional Decision Making) she has compiled a compelling review of the societal changes, incidents, and cases that led to the Supreme Court’s historic decision. Readers today will likely be shocked by the conditions that women experienced before 1973: trips to Japan for abortions; the need to lie at every step; even the possibility of forced sterilization. The authors provide commentary and context on an impressive collection of documents, moving chronologically through every stage of abortion reform to create a compilation that will engage anyone with an interest in women’s rights or judicial history. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607146711
Publisher:
Kaplan Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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