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Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), was a landmark United States Supreme Court case establishing that most laws against abortion violate a constitutional right to privacy, overturning all state laws outlawing or restricting abortion. It is one of the most controversial decisions in Supreme Court history.
The decision in Roe v. Wade prompted a decades-long national debate over whether terminating pregnancies should be legal; the role of the Supreme Court in constitutional adjudication; and the role of religious views in the political sphere. Roe v. Wade became one of the most politically significant Supreme Court decisions in history, reshaping national politics, dividing the nation into “pro-choice” and “pro-life” camps, and inspiring grassroots activism.
Opposition to Roe comes primarily from those who viewed the Court’s decision as illegitimate for straying too far from the text and history of the Constitution, and those possessing beliefs about the inviolability of fetal human life.
Support for Roe comes from those who view the decision as necessary to preserve women’s equality and personal freedom, and those who believe in the primacy of individual over collective rights.
- 1 Background of the case
- 2 The Supreme Court’s decision
- 2.1 Abortion
- 2.2 Justiciability
- 3 Dissenting Opinions
- 4 Controversy over Roe
- 4.1 ‘Arbitrary’ and ‘Legislative’
- 5 Roe’s role in subsequent decisions and politics
- 6 “Jane Roe” switches sides
- 7 References
- 7.1 Scholarly Secondary Sources
- 7.2 Primary Sources
- 8 TV movie
- 9 External links