Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Wendy H. Venet
Dr. H. Robert Baker
In this thesis, I will argue that Doe v. Bolton, 410 U.S. 179 (1973), a United States Supreme Court case originating in Georgia, enabled all women access to abortion, including groups of marginalized women previously denied this right. An examination of the background of Doe uncovers the roles played by Georgia feminists and the medical community. By comparing Doe v. Bolton with the concurrent Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade, I will shed light on the history of abortion in America as well as continuing divisions over abortion access in America today.
McGee, Alexandra, "The Politics of Protection: The Forgotten History of Georgia Feminists and Doe v. Bolton." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2015.