In 1969, 21-year-old Norma McCovey, aka Jane Rose, discovered she was pregnant with her 3rd child. She then moved to Texas and was convinced to lie about beinng raped in order to get an abortion.
What do you mean I'm pregnant?
Her plan failed because there was no filed police report on the alleged rape. Texas only allowed abortion for the purpose of saving the life of the mother. Norma tried to get an illegal abortion, but found out that the clinic she planned going too had been shut down by police.
I'm shutting this place down!
She went to attorneys Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington, but before the case was decided she had already given birth and given her baby up for adoption.
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In 1970, Coffee and Weddington filed a suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas on behalf of McCorvey. The Texas law was declared unconstitutional, as it violated the right to privacy found in the 9th amendment. Unfortunately, the court declined to grant injunction against enforcement of the law.
In 1970, the Roe v. Wade case reached the Supreme Court on appeal. they agreed to hear Roe's case after announcing their decisions a case about criminalizing abortion, except where the mother’s life or health was in danger.
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Today is the day!
The Supreme Court came to a decision on January 22, 1973, with a 7-to-2 majority vote in favor of Roe and extended a woman’s decision to have an abortion under the 14th amendment.
Abortion is a fundamental right under the United States Constitution.