Roe V. Wade: The Legalization Of Abortion

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The landmark decision by our Supreme Court in 1973, Roe v. Wade, is one of the most influential Supreme Court decisions affecting women still today. Prior to Roe v. Wade, society had just experienced a sexual revolution and a strong feminist movement of the 1960's. (thought) Women were empowered and wanted their voices heard. Women demanded rights and control over their bodies. The legalization of abortion, with an emphasis on privacy as it relates to abortion, was a fight that was not going away. Ironically, the battle over legalizing abortion, during their first trimester, began in Texas. In 1970, Norma L. McCorvey ("Jane Roe"), a pregnant woman who lived in the Dallas area, wanted to terminate her pregnancy in a protected medical environment. During this time, in Texas, if a woman's life was not endangered, it was illegal for a woman to get an abortion. Jane Roe's life was not endangered. Roe filed a lawsuit against the Dallas …show more content…
(Text) Because Roe v. Wade was drawn out for nearly three years, and because McCorvey (Roe) was never granted a legal abortion, she had given birth to a daughter and had her child adopted prior to the Roe v. Wade decision. Roe claims much of this case was lies and ironically, today she is a Pro-Life supporter whose faith in Christianity is strong. (Lifenews) Whether Roe v. Wade was full of lies or not, the strategic model was clearly at work in the justices decision making. The Roe v. Wade decision was determined during a time when women wanted their opinions heard and were extremely vocal about women rights and equality. In 1973, the political arena, public opinion and the other justices decisions made for the perfect time to legalize abortion, a decision made at a time in history when the Supreme Court believed the determination would receive legitimacy and

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