Roe vs. Wade: The Fight over Life and Liberty

Roe vs. Wade: The Fight over Life and Liberty

by Nancy Tompkins
     
 

In Roe v. Wade (1973), the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy but allowed states to impose restrictions in the second trimester to protect the health of the mother and in the third trimester to protect the life of the fetus. This book provides an engaging narrative of this important case, its personalities, and the social issues… See more details below

Overview

In Roe v. Wade (1973), the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy but allowed states to impose restrictions in the second trimester to protect the health of the mother and in the third trimester to protect the life of the fetus. This book provides an engaging narrative of this important case, its personalities, and the social issues it embraces. It also examines the effects of the Court's decision on the individuals involved and on American society.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-An informed yet accessible account of the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case. The first and last chapters profile Justice Harry Blackmun, who wrote the majority opinion; Sarah Weddington, the attorney who argued the case; and Norma McCorvey, the young, pregnant, unmarried woman who sought an abortion at a time when it was illegal in Texas. Intervening chapters discuss the events that led to the Roe decision, later reactions within the pro-choice and antiabortion movements, and the judicial and legislative interpretations that have followed up to the present time. Possible future ramifications of the more wide-spread use of the compound RU-486 in the United States are also given. D. J. Herda's Roe v. Wade (Enslow, 1994) is similar, but by focusing on the personalities behind the legal struggle, this volume does a better job of clarifying the complexities of this social issue.-Janet Woodward, Franklin High School, Seattle, WA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531112861
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Series:
Historic Supreme Court Cases Ser.
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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