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The Road to Roe

by Ramesh Ponnuru
Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade, by Clarke D. Forsythe (Encounter, 496 pp., $27.99)

Roe v. Wade was a “reasoned statement, elaborated with great care.” So the Supreme Court claimed in 1992, when it reaffirmed its 1973 ruling that all states had to allow abortion for any reason and at any stage of pregnancy. It is a boast that cannot withstand the scrutiny that Clarke Forsythe applies.

A longtime legal strategist for the pro-life movement, Forsythe has gone deep into the archives to shed new light on Roe and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton. Even people who have studied the issue will learn something new.

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