Analyzing The Supreme Court Case Of Roe V. Wade

Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court case has continually persisted to cause major debates for years upon years. Should abortion be legal is the million dollar question. In 1973 the decision cast was that yes, abortion is a legal right for women. Now over forty years later, a very similar case is back in the Supreme Court. In late 2015 the new case centered on Texas abortion laws shifted to the forefront of the media. After forty years of legal abortion, people are continually protesting the issue. Why are we revisiting this issue today? Norma McCorvey was a young girl at the age of 21, recently divorced, and pregnant for the third time. This young lady sought out a legal abortion in Texas and found that she could not because it was illegal …show more content…
Many other young women died from botched illegal abortions and thousands of others were horrifically scarred or severely injured. The Society for Humane Abortion tried to help by teaching women safe self-aborting techniques. but they could not reach everyone. One woman wrote to them asking for help, “Since I don’t intend to go through this I figure an illegal abortion is my only way out of suicide. Please help me.” Thousands of women were calling out for help year after year. In 1953 nine out of ten married women who became pregnant got abortions. That means that 22% of married women aborted at least one of their pregnancies. In the 1960’s one million American women had abortions each year. However, botched abortions claimed five thousand to ten thousand of those women thousands more suffered health risks related to illegal abortions. All women needed changes to help them both mentally and physically become healthier (Gold p. 15-21; Greenhouse p. …show more content…
Roe v. Wade took place at the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Roe v. Wade politically divided America more than any other Supreme Court case. The case was so controversial because it debated ethics, religion, and biology and definitively ruled on them all. The case pitted Jane Roe v. Henry Wade, Jane Roe was arguing for the women’s right to choose to have an abortion. Henry Wade argued that the woman does not have the right to end the young life growing inside of her. Many women rights activists commented on the case, bringing women’s rights to the forefront of the case, and putting the thought that a woman’s right to abortion must be included in the 14th amendment. A very influential women’s rights activist Betty Freidan commented, “There is only one voice that needs to be heard on the question of the final decision as to whether a woman will or will not bear a child, and that is the voice of the woman herself.” Meanwhile, many religious leaders became outraged at the cry for legal abortion. Opposition pushed that any way to stop a child born being born is wrong, including using preventatives. Opposition leaders quoted from many important, and well-known documents, including the Declaration of Independence and the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child. One New Jersey Orthodox Rabbinic Council Testimony stated that, “Even if the fetus is the product of incest or rape, or an

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