May It Please the Court

Arguments on Abortion: Live Recordings and Transcripts of Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Reproductive Rights

In 1993, Stephanie Guitton and Peter Irons’s book-and-tape collection May It Please the Court made recordings of the Supreme Court in session available to the American public for the first time. In the first of a series of thematic sequels to that “greatest hits”collection, the editors have assembled arguments on perhaps the single most charged issue to face the Supreme Court in the second half of the twentieth century: the question of reproductive rights.

In Arguments on Abortion Guitton and Irons have selected the eight major cases on reproductive rights, again including live tape recordings (two 120-minute cassettes of never-before-available oral arguments) as well as transcripts of the arguments, excerpts from the final decisions, photographs of the justices who presided over the cases, reading lists, and a chronology of court history on reproductive rights.

The tapes include commentary by many of the attorneys involved in making these arguments and narration by leading authorities in the area of reproductive rights, including Sylvia Law, professor at NYU Law School; Eleanor Holmes Norton, congresswoman from the District of Columbia; and Nadine Strossen, president of the ACLU.

Cases included:

  • Griswold v. Connecticut (access to birth control)
  • Roe v. Wade (constitutional right to abortion)
  • Harris v. Mcrae (government funding of abortion)
  • Bowen v. Kendrick (sex education for teenagers)
  • Webster v. Reproductive Health Services (states’ right to restrict abortion)
  • Hodgson v. Minnesota (notification of parents)
  • Rust v. Sullivan (“gag” rule for doctors)
  • Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (24-hour waiting period and spousal notification)
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