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ROE v. WADE
Transcript of ROE v. WADE
- Norma McCorvey
REASONS CASE WAS BROUGHT TO THE SUPREME COURT
EFFECTS ON THE AMERICAN LIFE
The Court issued its decision on January 22, 1973, with a 7-to-2 majority vote in favor of Roe.
The Court deemed abortion a fundamental right under the United States Constitution, thereby subjecting all laws attempting to restrict it to the standard of strict scrutiny.
At the time Roe was decided, most states severely restricted or banned the practice of abortion.
It has caused many babies not to be born and less people in the United States because women decided to terminate their pregnancy.
Women have no longer been forced to have black market abortions.
Planned Parenthood clinics have become more common in the U.S.
Monday, January 22, 1973
Vol XCIII, No. 311
BACKGROUND OF THE CASE
In June 1969, Norma L. McCorvey discovered she was pregnant with her third child.
She returned to Dallas, Texas where her friends told her to to lie that she had been raped in order to obtain a legal abortion, sinceTexas law allows abortion in the case of rape or incest.
This failed,because there was no police report documenting the event.
She tried to obtain an illegal abortion, but the unauthorized site had been closed down by the police.
She was referred to attorneys Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington.
In 1970, they filed suit in a U.S. District Court in Texas on for McCorvey.
McCorvey's alias for the case was Jane Roe.
The defendant in the case was Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade.
Roe no longer said her pregnancy was the result of rape, and later acknowledged that she had lied about it.
The Catholic Church opposes all forms of abortion procedures whose direct purpose is to destroy an embryo, zygote, etc.
They are against it since it holds that "human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life."
However, it does recognize as morally legitimate acts which indirectly result in the death of an unborn child.
ROE v. WADE
BY: MAGGIE AND ALINA
The Texas law not allowing abortion goes against women's fourteenth amendment rights.
Women wanted more freedom and because of that there were many arguments over this.
Jane Roe felt that her rights as a woman were being restricted.
She felt that a woman should have the right to the health and care of herself.