Abortion in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 26, 2020 - History - 326 pages
With the Supreme Court likely to reverse Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion decision, American debate appears fixated on clashing rights. The first comprehensive legal history of a vital period, Abortion and the Law in America illuminates an entirely different and unexpected shift in the terms of debate. Rather than simply championing rights, those on opposing sides battled about the policy costs and benefits of abortion and laws restricting it. This mostly unknown turn deepened polarization in ways many have missed. Never abandoning their constitutional demands, pro-choice and pro-life advocates increasingly disagreed about the basic facts. Drawing on unexplored records and interviews with key participants, Ziegler complicates the view that the Supreme Court is responsible for the escalation of the conflict. A gripping account of social-movement divides and crucial legal strategies, this book delivers a definitive recent history of an issue that transforms American law and politics to this day.
 

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Contents

Roe v Wade and the Rise of Rights Arguments
11
The Hyde Amendment and Its Aftermath
27
Launching a Quest to Reverse Roe
58
Planned Parenthood v Casey the Family and Equal Citizenship
88
Contesting the Relationship between Abortion and Health Care
121
PartialBirth Abortion and Who Decides the Costs and Benefits
150
Polarization Religious Liberty and the War on Women
181
Conclusion
207
Index
303
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Mary Ziegler is Stearns Weaver Miller Professor at Florida State University College of Law and one of the leading authorities on the legal history of abortion in America. She is the author of Beyond Abortion (2018) and the award-winning After Roe (2015). She often lends her expertise to mass media outlets across the world.

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