Roe v. Wade (1973)
Megan Gallagher, Rosenfeld's 2b
The Facts of the Case
Sarah R. Wellington
Argued the case for the appellants
Initially argued for the appellee
Robert C. Flowers
Reargued the case for the appellee
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.
This case proved a historical landmark in that it greatly expanded women's rights by speaking out on the ability of a woman to make decisions regarding her body without male speculation. Moreover, it has greatly improved the ability of women to seek proper medical attention in our developed country.
Present Day Significance
The significance in present times is a large movement surrounding the concept of privacy in regards to a woman's life decisions. Many protests and walks have been assembled so as to further and protect this innate right, such as the Pre-Life Action League's many events, using Roe v. Wade as a common defense.
The significance of this landmark case is a future which promises a safer world for mothers and children, protecting innocent women from incarceration for attempting illegal acts of termination. It is possible an argument could be made for the father of possibly-terminated pregnancies should have a say, wherein this case would have great applicability as a precedent.