Liberty and sexuality : the right to privacy and the making of Roe v. Wade

by Garrow, David J., 1953-

Format: Print Book 1994
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction KF3771 .G37 1994
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  KF3771 .G37 1994
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Two valuable contributions to a more nuanced and thorough understanding of the long and troubled debate over the proper role of government in regulating sexual behavior in the U.S. Rubin, a North Carolina State University professor, covers the longer time period and focuses on the narrow but highly controversial issue of abortion. Her volume--part of a Greenwood series designed to provide students and other researchers with "the key primary documents on a given historical event or contemporary issue" in a single volume--looks back to the Hippocratic Oath and English common law and then offers the texts of statutes and speeches, public health reports and congressional testimony, legal briefs and court decisions, and party platforms and public opinion surveys, adding brief introductions to supply a context for each document. Each of the five chronological sections of The Abortion Controversy concludes with suggestions for further reading, and appendixes list the major Supreme Court decisions and significant historical events in the two-century struggle over the legality and morality of abortion in the U.S. Liberty and Sexuality first explores the complex legal and political struggle over "use" of contraceptive devices in Connecticut, which culminated in the landmark Griswold v. Connecticut "privacy" decision; it then traces efforts to modify or repeal antiabortion statutes from 1933 to Roe v. Wade and beyond. Garrow's history is enlivened by dozens of three-dimensional portraits, among them Katharine Hepburn's mother, Kit,and activist Estelle Griswold. At the same time, Pulitzer-prize winner Garrow gracefully identifies critical points in the intellectual, legal, and moral debate over the place of "privacy" among the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Some will no doubt be put off by the density of Garrow's narrative; still, Garrow has an important, largely unacknowledged story to tell, and Liberty and Sexuality belongs in most serious modern American history collections. ~--Mary Carroll"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Behind the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v . Wade decision guaranteeing a woman's right to abortion lay 50 years of legal struggle. In this massively detailed, stirring chronicle, Garrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Martin Luther King Jr. ( Bearing the Cross ), shows how the courage and initiative of ordinary women and men made a crucial difference in establishing that right. He begins with Katharine Houghton Hepburn, an outspoken Connecticut activist who opened birth control clinics in the 1930s in defiance of a state law. Following in Hepburn's footsteps, Estelle Griswold, executive director of Connecticut Planned Parenthood, succeeded in having her own criminal conviction reversed by the Supreme Court: the 1965 Griswold v . Connecticut decision, which declared unconstitutional an 1879 statute criminalizing the use or counseling of birth control, paved the way for challenges to anti-abortion statutes across the U.S. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, Garrow profiles key advocates of the liberalization or repeal of anti-abortion laws in the decades preceding Roe . In a cogent final chapter he argues that Roe v . Wade has sustained ``far greater wounds from the friendly fire of professed supporters than from the explicit attacks of candid opponents.'' Activists and students of legal history will be the most likely audience for this tome. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Abortion -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History.
Birth control -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History.
Sex and law -- United States -- History.
Privacy, Right of -- United States -- History.
Publisher New York : Toronto : New York :Macmillan Pub. Co. ;1994
Maxwell Macmillan Canada ;
Maxwell Macmillan International,
Language English
Notes "A Lisa Drew book."
"A Twentieth Century Fund book"--Verso of t.p.
Description v, 981 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 916-945) and index.
ISBN 0025427555
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