Roe V. Wade

Roe V. Wade

by Laurie Collier Hillstrom




Throughout the course of America's existence, its people, culture, and institutions have been periodically challenged-and in many cases transformed-by profound historical events. Some of these momentous events invigorated the nation and strengthened American confidence and capabilities. Others have prompted troubled assessments and heated debates about the country's core beliefs and character. But all share the same basic attribute: they transformed the United States' political, cultural, and social landscape for future generations of Americans.

Omnigraphics' Defining Moments series was created for the express purpose of meeting the American people's growing appetite for authoritative, useful historical resources on their nation's history. This series, which focuses on the most pivotal events in U.S. history from the 20th century forward, will be of enduring value to anyone interested in learning more about America's past-and in understanding how these historical events continue to reverberate in the 21st century.

This Defining Moments: Roe v. Wade volume is-like all other works in the Defining Moments series-arranged in three distinct sections: Narrative Overview-provides a detailed, factual account of the Roe v. Wade case and decision. It explores the history of abortion in America, describes the early movements to reform anti-abortion laws, follows the Roe v. Wade case from its origins in Texas to its two hearings before the U.S. Supreme Court, explains the landmark 1973 decision and its implications, traces the rising power and influence of the pro-life movement, and examines the continuing debate over abortion rights and its impact on American society and politics.Biographies-provides valuable biographical background on leading figures involved in the Roe v. Wade case and in the debate over abortion rights. Individuals profiled include Harry A. Blackmun, the Supreme Court justice who wrote the majority opinion; Norma McCorvey, the pregnant woman who served as the plaintiff in the case under the false name Jane Roe; Henry Wade, the Dallas district attorney who served as the defendant; and Sarah Weddington, the attorney who successfully argued the case before the Supreme Court. Primary Sources-collects essential and illuminating documents from the Roe v. Wade case and the larger battle over abortion rights. This collection includes the National Organization for Women's 1967 call for the repeal of abortion laws; excerpts from the Supreme Court's majority opinion and dissenting opinions; Robert H. Bork's defense of the pro-life position; and the 2004 Democratic and Republican party platforms on abortion.

Other valuable features in Defining Moments: Roe v. Wade include a glossary of important people, places, and terms; a chronology of events; a complete bibliography and annotated list of sources for future study; and a subject index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780780810266
Publisher: Omnigraphics, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/2008
Series: Defining Moments Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 249
Product dimensions: 7.57(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
How to Use This Book     xiii
Narrative Overview
Prologue     3
The Early History of Abortion     5
The Rise of the Feminist and Abortion-Reform Movements     21
Roe v. Wade     35
The Landmark Decision and Its Implications     53
The Court Limits Roe's Reach     73
Roe Survives a Major Challenge     93
Roe's Legacy: The Battle Continues     109
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Who Wrote the Majority Opinion in Roe v. Wade   Harry A. Blackmun     125
Legal Scholar, Judge, and Leading Critic of the Roe v. Wade Decision   Robert H. Bork     129
Pro-Choice Activist and Former President of Catholics for a Free Choice   Frances Kissling     134
Plaintiff Known in Court Documents as Jane Roe in the Roe v. Wade Case   Norma McCorvey     138
Pro-Choice Activist and Former President of the National Abortion Rights Action League   Kate Michelman     143
Early Feminist and Founder of the Organization That Became Planned Parenthood   Margaret Sanger     146
Political and Religious Activist, Founder of the Confrontational Pro-Life Group Operation Rescue   Randall Terry     152
Dallas County DistrictAttorney Who Was the Defendant in the Roe v. Wade Case   Henry Wade     156
Attorney Who Represented Jane Doe and Argued Roe v. Wade Before the Supreme Court   Sarah Weddington     159
Pro-Life Activist and Former President of the National Right to Life Committee   John C. Willke     163
Primary Sources
The Foundations of Privacy in the U.S. Constitution     169
The Comstock Law Bans Birth Control and Abortion     170
NOW Calls for the Repeal of Abortion Laws     171
Justice Harry A. Blackmun Announces the Court's Decision     174
Justice William H. Rehnquist Dissents     186
Justice Byron R. White Dissents     190
Anna Quindlen Describes Her Conflicting Feelings about Abortion     192
Robert H. Bork Defends the Pro-Life Position     195
The Democratic Party Platform Supports Reproductive Choice     206
The Republican Party Platform Opposes Abortion     207
"The War That Never Ends: Abortion in America"     208
Important People, Places, and Terms     217
Chronology     227
Sources for Further Study     233
Bibliography     235
Photo and Illustration Credits     239
Index     241

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