Roe V. Wade Case Essay

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In January of 1973 the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Roe in the landmark case Roe v. Wade, the case of a single pregnant woman who challenged the constitutionality of the state of Texas’s criminal abortion laws. Through examination of evidence and input that led to this outcome, we seek to determine why the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Roe. Though the Supreme Court cited precedent and unconstitutionality in order to justify Roe’s victory in the case, non-institutional actors such as public voice coupled with media projection heavily influenced the 7-2 vote in Roe’s favor.
Over the course of US history, abortion was not uncommon. However, from 1820 to 1868, thirty-six states had passed restrictive abortion laws. In December of 1971, Roe et al. v. Wade, District Attorney of Dallas County, was argued for the first time, this was followed by a reargument in October of 1972 and a Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973. Roe was an single, pregnant woman seeking abortion in Texas. As a landmark Supreme Court case it went on to encompass the Georgian Case, Doe v. Bolton, which also sought to challenge state criminal abortion laws. Texas Penal Code regarding Abortion, at the time of this trail, comprised of six Articles; Articles 1191-1196, were dedicated to the prosecution of all who willingly participated in or facilitated an abortion. Abortion was used to mean that “the life of the fetus or embryo shall be destroyed in the woman’s womb or that a premature birth…

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