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Is Roe v Wade still viable?

Pro-life activists in the United States are successfully chipping away at a woman’s freedom to have an abortion

© Edson Chilundo

After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate by Mary Ziegler (Harvard University Press, £29.95)

In 1969, a 21-year-old Texan woman named Norma McCorvey fell pregnant for the third time. McCorvey had led a deeply sad life, repeatedly the victim of domestic and sexual violence. She had her first child at the age of 18, the result of an abusive relationship, but soon lost custody of the child. A year later she became pregnant again and gave the child up for adoption. This third time…

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