Thursday, August 8, 2013
I just read an advance copy of Clarke Forsythe's excellent new book on Roe v. Wade. Here is the Amazon link. http://www.amazon.com/Abuse-Discretion-Inside-Story-Wade/dp/1594036926 Clarke is Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life and has been a leader in the pro-life fight for nearly three decades.
Here is a description of the book from Amazon:
"Based on 20 years of research, including an examination of the papers of eight
of the nine Justices who voted in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton,
Abuse of Discretion is a critical review of the behind-the-scenes
deliberations that went into the Supreme Court's abortion decisions and how the
mistakes made by the Justices in 1971-1973 have led to the turmoil we see today
in legislation, politics, and public health.
The first half of the book
looks at the mistakes made by the Justices, based on the case files, the oral
arguments, and the Justices’ papers. The second half of the book critically
examines the unintended consequences of the abortion decisions in law, politics,
and women’s health.
Why do the abortion decisions remain so controversial
after almost 40 years, despite more than 50,000,000 abortions, numerous
presidential elections, and a complete turnover in the Justices? Why did such a
sweeping decision—with such important consequences for public health, producing
such prolonged political turmoil—come from the Supreme Court in 1973?
Answering those questions is the aim of this book. The controversy over
the abortion decisions has hardly subsided, and the reasons why are to be found
in the Justices’ deliberations in 1971-1972 that resulted in the unprecedented
decision they issued."