Roe v. wade

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Roe v. Wade
(Right to privacy)
This case took place in the year of 1973 (January 22), Roe, was a Texas resident who was pregnant and wanted to terminate her pregnancy by abortion.Texas law prohibited abortions except to save the pregnant woman's life. The Court heard her arguments twice.
The alias "Jane Roe" was used for Norma McCorvey, whose suit wasoriginally filed, alleging that the abortion law in Texas violated her constitutional rights and the rights of other women. The defendant was the district attorney of Dallas County, Texas,Henry B. Wade.
Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee were the plaintiff's lawyers. John Tolle, Jay Floyd and Robert Flowers were the defendant's lawyers.
In this case all state lawslimiting women's access to abortions during the first trimester of pregnancy were invalidated.
Roe v. Wade was decided basically on the Fourteen Amendments to the United StatesConstitution, a part of the Bill of Rights.
The Court's decision in this case was that the Fourteen Amendment, in stating that "the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights,shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people," protected a person's right to privacy.
The decision gave a woman total autonomy over the pregnancy during thefirst trimester and defined different levels of state interest for the second and third trimesters. As a result, the laws of 46 states were affected by the Court's ruling.
Roe v.Wade legalized abortion in the United States, which was not legal at all in many states and was limited by law in others.

Bibliography :
U.S Supreme Court Media, RETRIVED FROM: (January,25,2009)

Women History,RERIVED FROM: (January,25,2009)
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