U.S. Supreme Court * Roe v. Wade * 410 U.S. 113 (1973) * case no. 70-18
Roe v Wade was a supreme court decision made when a Texas resident, Jane Roe, sought to terminate her pregnancy via abortion. Texas law stated at that time that a woman could not have an abortion unless her life was in danger. Roe sued Texas on the grounds that their laws were too vague and unconstitutional, and that she was suing on behalf of herself and all women.
The court ruled that it was within a woman's constitutional rights to terminate a pregnancy, as protected under the fourteenth amendment, which gives the right to privacy. The decision was made in a 7-2 vote by supreme court justices.
The arguments included from the supportive side to Roe that it was protected under the fourteenth amendment. The opposing argument, given by supreme court justices William Rehnquist and Byron White, stated that abortion is not considered a private act. They were the only two opposing justices in this case.
This case remains relevant as the struggle for women's rights is continuously debated. There are many pro-life and pro-choice groups constantly arguing for and against a woman's right to abort. The court case Roe v Wade currently stands as the basis for allowing abortions to continue.
Overall this case doesn't affect me directly, however, it is very comforting to know if the worst should happen I have a way out. For this project, however, it isn't something I'd like to talk about extensively so we'll leave it at that.
Making abortion illegal doesn't stop abortions. It stops safe abortions done by trained professionals in a sterile environment.