The Stories Behind Twelve Significant Reproductive Rights and Justice Legal Cases

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A fascinating new book, Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories, tells behind-the-scenes stories about Roe v. Wade and others. Pictured: Norma McCorvey, left, who was Jane Roe in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case, with her attorney, Gloria Allred, outside the Supreme Court in April 1989, where the Court heard arguments in a case that could have overturned the Roe v. Wade decision. (Lorie Shaull)

We’ve all heard of the famous Supreme Court abortion case of Roe v. Wade, but have you heard of Madrigal v. Quilligan—when in the 1970s ten Mexican American women sued their doctors at the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles for coercively sterilizing them? 

Or Ferguson v. City of Charleston—when in the 1990s pregnant low-income women of color sued their doctors at the Medical University of South Carolina, where the doctors had reported them to the police after urine tests done during…

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