Roe v. Wade

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Roe v. Wade 410 U.S. 113 (1973), is a landmark decision issued in 1973 by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of the constitutionality of laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions. The Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman's decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state's interests in regulating abortions: protecting women's health and protecting the potentiality of human life.


Roe v. Wade has been one of the most controversial rulings in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. More than forty years after the decision, It continues to be a major issue in American political elections.

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  3. What cases before Roe served as precedent for the Roe v. Wade ruling?

  4. How different would the U.S. be without the Roe v. Wade ruling?

  5. Do you think Roe v. Wade will be overturned?

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