Episode 1 - Mary Ziegler

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From: Siobhan Barco

In this podcast I talk with Mary Ziegler, Stearns Weaver Miller Professor of Law at Florida State University College of Law about her book, “After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate.” 

Ziegler’s work uses the landmark American abortion rights case, Roe vs. Wade to explore litigation as a vessel for social change and the role the court plays in democracy. In addition to traditional archival research, Ziegler recorded over one hundred oral histories of people in the pro-life and pro-choice camps, allowing her to move beyond caricatures and delve more precisely into the  catalysts for these individual’s points of view.

Topics we discuss include:

(1)Whether Roe is overstated as a cautionary tale for judicial intervention

(2)How the bright line divide between the pro-life and pro-choice movements had not yet coalesced in the 1970s.

(3)Roe as a canvas onto which activists could project different strategic aims