04 May 2020

BOOK: Mary ZIEGLER, Abortion and the Law in America Roe v. Wade to the Present (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). ISBN 9781108735599, £ 22.99

(Source: CUP)

CUP is publishing a new book on the history of abortion law in the United States since Roe v. Wade


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.


Mary Ziegler, Florida State University

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.


1. Roe v. Wade and the rise of rights arguments
2. The Hyde Amendment and its aftermath
3. Launching a quest to reverse Roe
4. Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the family, and equal citizenship
5. Contesting the relationship between abortion and health care
6. Partial-birth and who decides the costs and benefits
7. Polarization, religious liberty, and the war on women

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