Good Law | Bad Law #94 - Do anti-abortion advocates actually want to save Roe? w/ Mary Ziegler

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Wait, it might be good to overturn Roe v. Wade?


Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Mary Ziegler, the Stearns Weaver Miller Professor at the Florida State University to talk about the history of the anti-abortion movement in America.


In today’s conversation, Mary and Aaron discuss the history of abortion in America and the impact Roe v. Wade had when the Supreme Court handed down that ruling in 1973.  Mary describes the changes that happened as a result of Roe’s decision, one such impact being the methods and conditions for which an abortion was available to women before and after the High Court’s ruling.


Aaron and Mary also go on to discuss the future of Roe v. Wade. Mary explains the reasons anti-abortion activists and their supporters in the Republican Party, despite what many may believe, may actually want Roe v. Wade to remain in effect and why the pro-choice advocates may prefer for Roe to be overturned rather than gutted.


Mary is the Stearns Weaver Miller Professor at Florida State University College of Law. She specializes in the legal history of reproduction, the family, sexuality, and the Constitution. She has also written three books on Roe v. WadeAfter Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate, Beyond Abortion: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Privacy, and Abortion in America: A Legal History, Roe v. Wade to the Present.


Listen in as Aaron and Mary look at the history and future of Roe v. Wade. To learn more about Mary or to learn more about her books visit her page at


Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Mary Ziegler