Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965) - this case held that married couples had a constitutional "right to privacy" regarding decisions about childbearing and that a state ban on the sale of contraception was thus unconstitutional.
Stenberg v. Carhart (Carhart I), 530 U.S. 914 (2000) - this case struck down a Nebraska "partial-birth abortion" law because it did not include a health exception and it posed an undue burden on women who needed second-trimester abortions as it banned the most common second-trimester method.
Briggs brilliantly outlines how politicians' racist accounts of reproduction--stories of Black "welfare queens" and Latina "breeding machines"--were the leading wedge in the government and business disinvestment in families. With decreasing wages, rising McJobs, and no resources for family care, our households have grown ever more precarious over the past forty years in sharply race-and class-stratified ways. This crisis, argues Briggs, fuels all others--from immigration to gay marriage, anti-feminism to the rise of the Tea Party.