Roe v. Wade: The Abortion Rights Controversy in American History

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Few Supreme Court decisions have stirred up as much controversy, vitriolic debate, and even violence as the one delivered in Roe v. Wade in 1973. Four decades later, it remains a touchstone for the culture wars in the United States and a pivot upon which much of our politics turns.

The second edition of this best-selling book adds two new chapters covering abortion politics and legal battles in the post-9/11 era, along with a new preface and a much-revised epilogue and ...

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Overview

Few Supreme Court decisions have stirred up as much controversy, vitriolic debate, and even violence as the one delivered in Roe v. Wade in 1973. Four decades later, it remains a touchstone for the culture wars in the United States and a pivot upon which much of our politics turns.

The second edition of this best-selling book adds two new chapters covering abortion politics and legal battles in the post-9/11 era, along with a new preface and a much-revised epilogue and conclusion. The new material covers the surprising results from recent public opinion polls; the impact of the presidential elections of George W. Bush and Barack Obama; Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito, and Sonia Sotomayor; two major 5-4 Supreme Court decisions-Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood and Gonzales v. Carhart-that confirmed the constitutionality of the "Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act"; the murder of abortion provider George Tiller by Scott Roeder and the latter's trial and conviction; and the appearance of the abortion issue in the debate over health care reform legislation.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
Skillfully marshals an impressive amount of material from social history, legal history, and politics.
Law and Politics Book Review
Takes an evenhanded approach to abortion without advocating a policy position or preaching the moral implications of either side.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700617548
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 1,386,434
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

N. E. H. Hull is Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University-Camden and the author and coauthor of more than a half dozen books including Roscoe Pound and Karl Llewellyn: Searching for an American Jurisprudence. Peter Charles Hoffer is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Georgia and the author and coauthor of more than a dozen books, including A Nation of Laws: America's Imperfect Pursuit of Justice.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition ix

Editors' Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1 Abortion Becomes a Crime, 1800-1900 11

2 Abortion and Birth Control, 1900-1965 49

3 From Repression to Reform, the Road to Roe, 1960-1970 89

4 The Decision in Roe, 1971-1973 135

5 Roe Under Siege, 1973-1988 180

6 The Two Roes, 1989-1992 225

7 Roe in the Clinton Years, 1993-2000 259

8 The Abortion Rights Controversy in the Bush Era 272

9 The Roberts Court Confronts Abortion 294

Epilogue: Choices-The Election of 2008 and Beyond 321

Conclusion: The Never-Ending Story 334

Chronology 341

Bibliographical Essay 347

Index 359

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