Roe v. Wade
Roe v. Wade was a 1973 US Supreme Court decision that declared that the Fourteenth Amendment protects a woman’s legal right to have an abortion.
The Roe v. Wade case was originally brought by a woman from Texas, Norma McCorvey (1947–2017), against Henry Wade (1914–2001), district attorney of Dallas County, Texas. McCorvey had been pregnant and wanted an abortion, but Wade claimed that a Texas law banned abortions except to save the mother’s life. A federal district court judged the Texas law unconstitutional, but the case ultimately went before the US Supreme Court in 1971. The court’s 1973 landmark decision in favor of McCorvey was considered a milestone in US law, as it overruled all state laws prohibiting abortion and...Read more