The Roe Vs. Wade Case

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performed the abortions. Women activists were upset about abortions being illegal because women were going to the black market to get abortions by unlicensed doctors. Many different methods have been used to carry out abortions. In 1965, illegal abortions were responsible for one-sixth of all pregnancy and childbirth related deaths. Sharp objects, herbs, hangers, and other means were used to perform abortions. On January 22, 1973, having an abortion became legal in the United States and could not be denied to any women. The Supreme Court decision in the Roe vs. Wade case protected women’s rights. This case caused a major turning point on the abortion issue and the government. Roe Vs. Wade was probably one of the most famous court…show more content…
That attempt also failed because police shut down the illegal clinic before the abortion could be performed. McCorvey then decided she would attain a lawyer to sue for the right to get an abortion. Two attorneys proceeded to represent Norma McCorvey, and in order to protect her identity they gave her the pseudonym “Jane Roe”. The attorneys who represented McCorvey were Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, and the defending district attorney was Henry Wade. On March 3, 1970, Linda Coffee filed the lawsuit, “Roe vs Wade” against the state of Texas. Two years later, in 1973, Roe won the lawsuit against the state of Texas. The Supreme Court made abortions legal in the United States, “The court held that a woman’s right to an abortion fell within the right to privacy protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. The decision gave a woman total autonomy over the pregnancy during the first trimesters.” Forty-six states were affected by the Supreme Court 's decision to legalize abortion. Women were able to make the decision about their own body, and they could decide to have an abortion if they wanted to within the first three months of a pregnancy. People who were pro-choice were very excited, but it also created a lot of controversy among people who were pro-life and the Catholic Church. Life is sacred and begins at conception, but many people still debate on when human life begins. Some people believe that life does not start until the moment a
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