Essay on The Supreme Court Case Roe V. Wade

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The 1972 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade is arguably one of the most notorious Supreme Court cases of all time. Not only because of the specific issue of abortion, but in the more broad perspective of state laws, versus federal law. This landmark Supreme court case, which was ruled 7-2, upheld the right to privacy under the 14th amendment and protected women in the right to have an abortion within the first three trimester of a women pregnancy. Prior to the Roe v. Wade case in 1973 there was no federal law regulating abortions, and the overwhelming majority of states had prohibited the practice of abortion entirely, “unless the life of the mother giving birth was in jeopardy” (Roe v. Wade and Beyond, 2016). Feminist groups and advocates of pro-choice argued that women who wanted to pursue the path of abortion had to resort to alternative, illegal or jeopardizing ways of having such procedures done. Many women pursued the black market by unlicensed doctors or performed abortion procedures within the confines of their own home, under the watchful eye of their family, friends or individually. Few topics related to the feminist movement today or of the past, have provoked such passion and controversy as much as the right to an abortion. In 1971 Norma McCorvey, a single, pregnant women who lived in the state of Texas wanted to get an abortion. Texas state law in 1971 did not allow the right for women to have such a procedure done within their state lines, Texas along…

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