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This is Forty: The Anniversary of Roe V. Wade

posted on January 22, 2013

Jill Lepore at The New Yorker examines the causes and consequences of the Roe v. Wade decision on its 40th anniversary. Lepore focuses on the evolution of the tactics of conservatives to outlaw abortions: “The conventional explanation for what has happened in the forty years since Roe is known as the backlash argument. It sees the Court as having overreached, by acting ahead of both state legislatures and public opinion, leading to grassroots protest, the birth of the pro-life movement, and, ultimately, a debased form of partisanship.” 

Read at The New Yorker