How did a law review article impact one of the most famous cases in Supreme Court history? Hidden in the line connecting Griswold v. Connecticut’s “penumbras and emanations” to Roe v. Wade’s right to abortion, the 1968 law review article “Federal Constitutional Limitations on the Enforcement and Administration of State Abortion Statutes” drew together the right to privacy arguments used in Roe v. Wade for the first time. Three law professors and a judge discuss Roy Lucas’ law review article and how it led to the seminal Supreme Court decision.
As always, the Federalist Society takes no particular legal or public policy positions. All opinions expressed are those of the speakers.
Prof. Helen M. Alvare, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University
Prof. Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School
Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
Prof. Teresa Stanton Collett, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Related Links & Differing Views:
North Carolina Law Review: “Federal Constitutional Limitations on the Enforcement and Administration of State Abortion Statutes”
The Federalist Society: “Roe v. Wade: A Legal History”
Part One: https://fedsoc.org/commentary/videos/roe-v-wade-a-legal-history-part-one-to-the-court
Part Two: https://fedsoc.org/commentary/videos/roe-v-wade-a-legal-history-part-two-the-right-to-privacy
Part Three: https://fedsoc.org/commentary/videos/roe-v-wade-a-legal-history-part-three-the-decision
American Bar Foundation Research Journal: “Measuring the Impact of Legal Periodicals”
Akron Law Review: “The History and Influence of the Law Review Institution”
The New York Times: “Roy Lucas, 61, Legal Theorist Who Helped Shape Roe Suit”
Reproductive Rights & Justice Stories: “The Unfinished Story of Roe v. Wade”