Roe v. Wade (1973)

Megan Gallagher, Rosenfeld's 2b

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The Facts of the Case

Upon news of her pregnancy, a Texas woman, Roe, sought out facilities to assist her in the termination of such by way of abortion. However, Texas law prohibited the right to abortion. Roe filed for certiorari and presented her case to the United States Supreme Court with her attorney, Sarah R. Weddington. The protester argued that this law censored women's rights, while the respondent argued this right was not innate.

The Question // Constitutional Issue

Does the Constitution embrace a woman's right to abortion? Or does this violate the Fourteenth Amendment's right to privacy?

Decision and Precedent Established

The court decided 7-2 in favor of Roe, therefore ascertaining the right to abortion for all women as a precedent. It was ruled that this right is included in the right to privacy as established by the fourteenth amendment.