Roe: The History of a National Obsession is a well-balanced look at America’s abortion laws but lacks drama of the debate

Book review

Mary Ziegler is a professor at the UC Davis School of Law in California. Photo: Bill Lax

Frieda Klotz

When the US Supreme Court revoked Roe v Wade last June, it was the climax of a long series of attacks and threats on women’s access to abortion. To women’s rights groups, its demise was unthinkable; to anti-abortion campaigners, a long-desired victory.