Roe v. Wade

Should abortion be legal?

Who was involved?

Norma L. McCorvey (Roe) and Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade.

Beginning of Case

In June of 1969, Norma discovered she was pregnant with her third child. Her friends advised her to falsely state she had been raped in order to obtain a legal abortion (Texas only allowed abortion in cases of rape and incest at this time.) This plan failed as she had no solid evidence so she looked to obtain an illegal abortion but could not due to the police closing the facility down. She was then referred to the attorneys Linda Coffee, and Sarah Weddington who filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Outcome of Case

7-2 decision affirming it legal for a woman to have an abortion. Ruled that a woman's right to obtain a legal abortion is covered under the right of privacy in the 14th amendment.


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