ROE V. WADE: The Untold Story of the Landmark Supreme Court Decision That Made Abortion Illegal by Marian Faux

ROE V. WADE: The Untold Story of the Landmark Supreme Court Decision That Made Abortion Illegal

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It has been said that in the US the great political issues end up becoming legal ones. This new book from Faux (Childless By Choice, 1984) tells the inside story of the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America. Faux begins with the story of two women lawyers in Texas who decided to challenge the constitutionality of that state's abortion law, and then traces the background of the case of Roe v. Wade through the decision by the US Supreme Court. She offers informative background on the history and origins of abortion law, and clearly lays out the issues considered by the courts: When does human life begin? What is the relationship between the right to privacy and the state's interest in protecting life? What is the constitutional basis for the right of privacy? Her step-by-step-narrative delineates these issues, presenting the legal arguments of both sides of the controversy. Where she falls short is in conveying the personal dimensions of the story. The book contains numerous statements such as ""Occasionally. . .she was taken aside by a woman who had undergone a horrifying illegal abortion and needed to share the experience with someone."" Faux would have written a much more compelling book had she shared these experiences with the reader. Abortion clinics have been bombed; an anti-abortion amendment to the Constitution has been proposed; and strong passions have been unleashed on this issue. Faux fails to convey this passion, offering instead a competent, well-researched narrative that, unfortunately, underplays the intense human drama involved.

Pub Date: June 2nd, 1988
Publisher: Macmillan