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Before Roe v. Wade
The Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion–but the debate was far from over, continuing to be a political battleground to this day. In the decades since the case was decided, the American debate on abortion has moved away from the issues that the justices confronted more than three decades ago. Bringing to light key voices that illuminate the case ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Kaplan Publishing
(first published 2010)
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Apr 01, 2011 Dimity rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This collection of primary sources from the abortion dialogue in America is not exactly a page turner but it is a compelling and satisfying read for those interested in the topic. I enjoyed the range of sources and appreciated that the authors let the sources speak for themselves, without a lot of analysis. I also liked that the authors explicitly stated their stance on abortion; it’s impossible to claim neutral territory on this issue and being open raised their credibility in my eyes. I am pro ...more
Great background from both sides. Learned some things (the term "abortion on demand" actually originated on the pro-choice side for example) that I didn't know. Balanced presentation, although the authors (compilers really) do state up front they're in favor of women having control over their own bodies. Interesting points to think about, but it won't change anyone's mind. And towards the end, as they discussed what's happened since Roe was decided, I just got the same old angry over men who thi ...more
This is a good book that is light on legalese and heavy on principled arguments, which makes it mercifully readable. If I had to sum it up in a single sentence, it would be "Neither pro-choice nor anti-abortion arguments have changed a single goddamned bit in the 38 years since Roe v. Wade was decided." It was really difficult to make it through a couple of the more meatheaded bro arguments because all of them still see lots of traffic today. I think it took me a week to read the last 15 pages o ...more
WOW - did I learn a lot from this book - the history was fascinating and alarming - women went to Japan (and other places of course) for abortions pre Roe v Wade - really?? What is wrong with this country?? Dear USA - Please mind your own uterus and leave mine alone! Very good book.