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Seventeen thought-provoking essays in this sophisticated yet accessible reader demonstrate how political scientists conduct research on law, courts, and the judicial process, and at the same time answer interesting, substantive questions. Illustrating the breadth and depth of judicial politics studies, the essays convey to students the array of contemporary thinking -- both theoretical and methodological -- at work in the field. The book's five parts cover subjects taught in most judicial politics courses. Because each chapter stands alone, instructors have the flexibility of assigning less than the whole book or chapters in a different order. Topics examined range from information used by voters electing judges to the credibility of victims of sexualized violence. Accessible to both undergraduate and graduate students, Contemplating Courts offers fascinating views ...

Chapter 17: The Real World of Constitutional Rights: The Supreme Court and the Implementation of the Abortion Decisions

The Real World of Constitutional Rights: The Supreme Court and the Implementation of the Abortion Decisions
The real world of constitutional rights: The Supreme Court and the implementation of the abortion decisions
GeraldN.Rosenberg

In Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton (1973) the Supreme Court held unconstitutional Texas and Georgia laws prohibiting abortions except for “the purpose of saving the life of the mother” (Texas) and where “pregnancy would endanger the life of the pregnant mother or would seriously and permanently injure her health” (Georgia). The Court asserted that women had a fundamental right of privacy to decide whether or not to bear a child. Dividing pregnancy roughly into three trimesters, the Court held that in the first trimester the choice of abortion was a woman's alone, ...

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