Roe v Wade

Jack McCreery and Brian Roper-Nelson

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Issue

A Texas state law ruled that a woman could not receive an abortion unless the pregnancy was life threatening. Two female lawyers, Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington, filed a lawsuit on the behalf of Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe) that the law violated her constitutional rights.

Decision

The supreme court case Roe v Wade ruled in a 7-2 favor of Roe. This ruling decided that the state law banning abortions, unless a threat to the mother's life, unconstitutional; because it violated the her constitutional "right to privacy". The court ruled that only pregnancies in the third trimester can not be aborted, unless there is a threat of the mother's life.

Impact

This court case was hugely controversial and is highly debated. This case set the precedent for most abortion laws in the US. It helped develop the infamous "Pro Choice" and "Pro Life" groupings. It also started debates on where life begins between conception and birth.