Abortion : Roe V. Wade

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Abortion has always been an exceptionally debatable topic, since so many people each have their own ideas and beliefs. Even today in America, normal people as well as politicians are still discussing and arguing over this very controversial topic. One Supreme Court case, known as Roe v. Wade, dealt with a Texas law outlawing abortions except in certain cases. A woman named Jane Roe wanted an abortion and eventually made her way up to the Supreme Court, where the judges essentially set down the rules for abortions. Roe argued that the Texas law violated the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution. The Supreme Court agreed and ruled in favor of Roe, making the Texas law unconstitutional. Roe v. Wade is an exceedingly controversial case about abortion, but the judges undoubtedly made the proper decision in allowing abortion to be up to the woman and her doctor in the first trimester of pregnancy. In the beginning of the 1900s, dozens of states in the U.S. began creating laws to limit abortions, or make them completely illegal unless it was necessary to save the mother. This led to women having illegal abortions, which were often dangerous because of the unsanitary conditions they were performed in ("Background Summary"). Some states did relax their abortion laws when the sexual revolution began, making it easy for women from neighboring states to cross the border to have abortions. Unfortunately, poor women often did not have enough money to…

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