Roy Lucas (born November 27, 1941 – November 2003) was an American lawyer and abortion rights activist, known for drafting a law review that laid the theoretical background behind the principles articulated in Roe v. Wade.
Lucas established the James Madison Constitutional Law Institute to work for women's abortion rights, and was instrumental in numerous abortion rights cases in the 1960s and 1970s, including Roe v. Wade. After 1986, he focused primarily on art, painting and writing about art.
He died of a heart attack in November, 2003.
- "Federal Constitutional Limitations on the Enforcement and Administration of State Abortion Statutes", 46 North Carolina Law Review 730 (June 1968)
- Ian Urbina, "Roy Lucas, 61, Legal Theorist Who Helped Shape Roe Suit" (obituary), New York Times, Nov. 7, 2003.
- David Garrow, Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade (University of California Press, 1998).
- A. Raymond Randolph, "Address: Before Roe v. Wade: Judge Friendly's Draft Abortion Opinion", Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (Summer 2006), v.29, n.3, pp. 1035–1062 (an unpublished draft opinion in an abortion rights case, preceded by a lengthy commentary from a conservative jurist discussing the history of abortion rights jurisprudence)
- Robert O. Self, "How Choice Won", Salon.com, Sept. 22, 2012.
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