"The Supreme Court's 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade declared that the Constitution protected decisions regarding 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 documents that illuminate the case and its political context, Before Roe v. Wade looks back and recaptures how the arguments for and against abortion took shape as claims about the meaning of the Constitution--and about how the nation could best honor its commitment to dignity, liberty, equality, and life"--Cover, p. 2.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-324) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Part I. Reform, repeal, religion and reaction: Reform. Letter to the Society for Humane Abortion ; "Rush" procedure for going to Japan ; The lesser of two evils / by Sherri Chesen Finkbine ; Abortion: the law and the reality in 1970 / by Jane E. Hodgwon ; Dr. Hodgson's affidavit ; Statement of Dr. Hodgson's patient ; Illegal abortion as a public health problem / by Mary Steichen Calderone ; American Law Institute abortion policy, 1962 ; American Medical Association policy statements, 1967 and 1970 ; Clergy consultation service statement ; Abortion law reform in the United States / by Jimmye Kimmey ; "Right to choose" memorandum / by Jimmye Kimmey Repeal. National Organization for Women bill of rights ; Abortion: a woman's civil right / by Betty Friedan ; NARAL policy statement ; Call to women's strike for equality / by Betty Friedan ; Speak-Out-Rage ; Feminist as anti-abortionist / by Sidney Callahan ; Black women's manifesto / by Frances Beal ; Black women and the motherhood myth / by Bev Cole ; Zero Population Growth ; A sex counseling service for college students / by Philip M. Sarrel and Lorna J. Sarrel ; Sex and the Yale student / by the Student Committee on Human Sexuality Religion. Union for Reform Judaism, 1967 ; United Methodist Church, statement of social principles, 1972 ; Southern Baptist Convention, resolution on abortion 1971 ; National Association of Evangelicals, statement on abortion, 1971 ; Catholic Church statement : Humanae vitae, 1968 ; Catholic Church statement : Human life in our day, 1968 Reaction. New Jersey Catholic Bishops' letter ; Abortion in perspective / by Robert M. Byrn ; Abortion and social justice (Americans United for Life) ; Similarly, I will not...cause abortion / by Robert D. Knapp ; New Jersey Assembly testimony ; Handbook on abortion / by J.C. Willke and Barbara Willke ; Abortion makes strange bedfellows: GOP and GOD / by Lawrence T. King Part II. Conflict constitutionalized: the years before Roe: Abortion law reform and repeal: legislative and judicial developments / by Ruth Roemer ; Legislation: New York. Everywoman's abortions: "the oppressor is man" / by Susan Brownmiller ; Constitutional question: is there a right to abortion? / by Linda Greenhouse ; Plaintiff's brief, Abramowicz v. Lefkowitz ; Memorandum of Assemblywoman Constance E. Cook ; Plaintiff-appellant's brief, Byrn v. New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation ; Letter from President Richard Nixon to Cardinal Cooke ; Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller's veto message ; The city politic: the case of the missing abortion lobbyists / by Hope Spencer Litigation: Connecticut. Women vs. Connecticut: thoughts on strategy ; Women vs. Connecticut organizing pamphlet ; Memorandum of decision, Abele v. Markle I ; Connecticut legislative hearing testimony ; Memorandum of decision, Abele v. Markle II Cosscurrents in the national arena, 1972. Plaintiff's brief, Struck v. Secretary of Defense ; Rockefeller Commission report ; Abortion seen up to woman, doctor / by George Gallup ; Statement about the report of the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future ; Swing to the right seen among Catholics, Jews / by Louis Cassels ; Assault book / by Patrick Buchanan ; Women's libbers do not speak for us / by Phyllis Schlafly Part III. Speaking to the Court: Roe v. Wade in context ; A changing landscape ; Argument and decision ; Brief for appellants Jane Roe et al. ; Brief for appellee Henry Wade ; Announcing the decision Afterword Appendix. Briefs filed by "friends of the court" (Amici curiae) ; For Jane Roe: medical brief ; For Jane Roe : Public health and poverty brief ; For Jane Roe : "New women lawyers" brief ; For Jane Roe : Planned Parenthood brief ; For Jane Roe : Liberal religious brief ; For Jane Roe : California Committee to legalize abortion brief ; For Henry Wade : Americans united for life brief ; For Henry Wade : Dissenting obstetricians' brief ; For Henry Wade : National Right to Life Committee brief ; For Henry Wade : Women's brief.