Roe vs Wade

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I. On January 22, 1973 the Supreme Court decided one of the most controversial cases in United States history, but the debate was just beginning. The landmark case of Jane Roe v. Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade was not only symbolic of the progress of women’s rights, but an indication of judicial activism and its potentially damaging affects. It began as a fight for an unmarried young woman and her desire to terminate her pregnancy, even though it did not pose serious physical danger to her health. But, in the process of this struggle, an unprecedented judicial involvement emerged.
This paper will first provide the necessary expository information, highlighting the central characters in this historical case, the political climate of the Supreme Court Justices during the trial, as well as a earlier case, Griswold v Connecticut which preceded Roe v. Wade. The paper will discuss the proceedings of the case at both the District and Supreme Court levels. Following, this paper will debate the surface issues of the abortion controversy, Roe as a precedent for future cases (Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Stenberg v. Carhart, and the breaking news decision of Gonzales v. Carhart), and the implied right(s) of the Constitution.
In the 1970s, Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington, two hot shot young lawyers from Texas, recruited Norma McCorvey as lead plaintiff under the alias “Jane Roe” in a class action suit lawsuit on behalf of US women everywhere. Coffee and Weddington had graduated from the University of Texas Law School within five years of going to trial for one of the most famous cases in Supreme Court history. The defendant was Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade, an experienced lawyer known for prosecuting Jack Ruby, the man who shot Lee Harvey Oswald two days after Oswald shot President Kennedy. The Supreme Court at the…...

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