A Supreme Court case that affirmed the constitutional right for access to a safe abortion.
Roe V. Wade 1973
The U.S. Supreme Court declared all the individual state bans on abortion during the first trimester to be unconstitutional.
Roe v Wade case took three years of trials to reach the Supreme Court, during which time, Norma McCorvey gave birth to the baby in question, who was eventually adopted.
The case of Roe v Wade was first argued on December 13, 1971 and the district court agreed that the Texas abortion laws were unconstitutional. However the state appealed against the decision, and the case was eventually reargued in the Supreme Court.
The majority determined that a woman’s right to decide whether to have an abortion involved the question of whether the Constitution protected a right to privacy. The justices answered this question by asserting that the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits states from “depriving any person of … liberty … without due process of law,” protected a fundamental right to privacy.
Mr. Justice Rehnquest had a dissenting opinion that it shouldn't be allowed because she filled the case to late into her pregnancy and could hurt the baby.