Roe V Wade Pro Choice

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Roe v. Wade was the Supreme Court case that led to the legalization of abortion in the United States. By the time Roe v. Wade was introduced, abortion had seemed to be a settled social issue in America. However, by the 1960’s, political factions and campaigns were rising up and stirring the waters of reproductive rights. Abortion had changed during the courses of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, becoming a private practice of the people to a great political divide. Abortion was actually easily accessible during the Twentieth Century, but the ride of religious fundamentalism compelled citizens to become involved in either the protection of the fetus or the defense of reproductive rights.
In 1970, a woman, Norma McCorvey, had become pregnant
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Wade decision, both pro-choice and pro-life politicians rushed to pass legislation benefiting their specific cause. A majority of state legislators wanted abortion restrictions, and it was only in minority states such as New York that government officials fought to make abortion more accessible. The two sides finally defined what they were fighting for: the pro-choice movement was fighting to preserve the already law of Roe v. Wade while the pro-life movement was challenging it. States such as Pennsylvania, that passed four Abortion Control Acts, setting restrictions which included a physician consultation, spousal consent, and the consent of a parent or legal guardian if the patient was under the age of eighteen. Pennsylvania was not alone in this as Missouri passed an act almost identical to that of Pennsylvania. Legislators across the country were moving to restrict abortion as they felt an obligation to preserve the pro-life nature of their respective states. However, many of these restrictions were struck down by the Supreme Court, including the statutes requiring parental and spousal consent as it was determined those restrictions were violations of the woman’s right to privacy. This trend of state restrictions being passed and judicial review striking them down continued throughout the Twentieth Century and on into the Twenty-First

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