Roe v. Wade

United States Supreme Court case

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides a fundamental "right to privacy" that protects a pregnant woman's liberty to choose whether or not to have an abortion. It also ruled that this "right to privacy" is not absolute and must be balanced against the government's interests in protecting women's health and protecting prenatal life. The Court resolved this balancing test by tying state regulation of abortion to the three trimesters of pregnancy: the Court ruled that during the first trimester, governments could not prohibit abortions at all; during the second trimester, governments could require reasonable health regulations; during the third trimester, abortions could be prohibited entirely so long as the laws contained exceptions for cases when abortion was necessary to save the life of the mother. Because the Court classified the right to choose to have an abortion as "fundamental", the decision required courts to evaluate challenged abortion laws under the "strict scrutiny" standard, the highest level of judicial review in the United States.

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67% of Americans don’t want Roe V. Wade overturned; Beto O’Rourke introduces reproductive rights plan
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The fight over abortion rights in America is ramping up. Abortion rights activists held more than 400 demonstrations Tuesday to support the Roe v. Wade ruling..
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Two out of three Americans do not want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to a new CBS News poll. Abortion rights activists held more than 400..
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Republicans say abortion should be restricted, but they're divided on overturning Roe v. Wade
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Republicans are lying when they paint us as the party of death and infanticide. Fight back by championing both the right to abortion and limits on it.
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As a doctor, I'm not there to carry out the will of either the state or the individual, but to do what I see as in keeping with my medical role.
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Warren's proposal calls for Congress to "create federal, statutory rights that parallel the constitutional right in Roe v. Wade"
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Missouri joins a movement of GOP-dominated state legislatures emboldened by the possibility that a more conservative Supreme Court could overturn Roe V. Wade
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Alabama's governor signs a new law banning nearly all abortions, while other states move to challenge Roe v. Wade. Also, a helicopter clearly in distress spirals..
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Walter Cronkite announced "the decision to end the pregnancy during the first three months belongs to the woman and her doctor, not the government"
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Alabama lawmakers passed a bill to ban virtually all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest, unless there's a risk to the mother's health. The move is seen..
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The new law is the most restrictive anti-abortion measure passed in the United States since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973
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In Alabama and other conservative states, anti-abortion politicians and activists emboldened by the addition of conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court..
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Alabama's new law which would virtually ban abortions is the latest and most far-reaching state law designed to prod the Supreme Court to reconsider the landmark..
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President Donald Trump's Supreme Court choice could tip the balance of the court on abortion, but that would move the fight, not end it.
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The legislation is the most restrictive anti-abortion measure passed since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973
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Alabama's Senate is expected to approve a bill that would outlaw virtually all abortions. Supporters said they want to directly challenge Roe v. Wade, the law..
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Alabama lawmakers hope the measure will lead the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade, which recognized a constitutional right to end a pregnancy.
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