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22 January

Roe v. Wade


Roe v. Wade was a landmark Supreme Court decision about abortion.  The ruling was that women would have the right to have an abortion.  The case was decided on January 22, 1973.  The vote was 7 to 2 in favor of the right to abortion.  Public opinion on the subject has wavered slightly on both slides.

Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade

When looking into this the first question I had was who is Roe?  Jane Roe was an alias for Norma L. McCorvey.  She wanted to have an abortion.  First she tried to lie and say she was raped, but since she didn’t have a police report this failed.  Then, she attempted an illegal abortion, but the place she went to had already been shut down by the police.  Her last stop was the lawyers.

Who was Wade?  That was the Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade representing the State of Texas.

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