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Roe v. Wade

United States Supreme Court case

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Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides a fundamental "right to privacy" that protects a pregnant woman's liberty to choose whether or not to have an abortion. It also ruled that this "right to privacy" is not absolute and must be balanced against the government's interests in protecting women's health and protecting prenatal life. The Court resolved this balancing test by tying state regulation of abortion to the three trimesters of pregnancy: the Court ruled that during the first trimester, governments could not prohibit abortions at all; during the second trimester, governments could require reasonable health regulations; during the third trimester, abortions could be prohibited entirely so long as the laws contained exceptions for cases when abortion was necessary to save the life of the mother. Because the Court classified the right to choose to have an abortion as "fundamental", the decision required courts to evaluate challenged abortion laws under the "strict scrutiny" standard, the highest level of judicial review in the United States.


How Democrats can win the abortion war: Talk about Roe's restrictions as well as rights

Republicans are lying when they paint us as the party of death and infanticide. Fight back by championing both the right to abortion and limits on it. - Published

Roe v. Wade gave women a right to choose abortion. But doctors like me have a choice, too.

As a doctor, I'm not there to carry out the will of either the state or the individual, but to do what I see as in keeping with my medical role. - Published

Videos for Roe v. Wade

Missouri passes restrictive abortion law [Video]Missouri passes restrictive abortion law

Missouri House lawmakers passed a bill on Friday to ban most abortions eight weeks after conception, days after Alabama introduced the nation’s most restrictive abortion law. Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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Elizabeth Warren Introduces A Plan To Protect Access To Abortion [Video]Elizabeth Warren Introduces A Plan To Protect Access To Abortion

According to Business Insider, Elizabeth Warren just introduced a plan to protect abortion access even if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Warren wants Congress to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Conservative Activists Seek To Take Roe V Wade Back To The Supreme Court [Video]Conservative Activists Seek To Take Roe V Wade Back To The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade makes state bans on abortion unenforceable and unconstitutional. But conservative activists and lawmakers hope to use the bans as a strategy to overturn the 1973..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:48Published

Abortion Rights Activists Fight New Abortion Law In Alabama [Video]Abortion Rights Activists Fight New Abortion Law In Alabama

Conservatives in Alabama are taking a stand against the 1973 ruling of Roe v Wade. Alabama’s governor Kay Ivey signed a bill to ban nearly all abortions in the state. The abortion law applies to..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

How Are Pro-Life Activists Are Trying To Curb Roe V. Wade [Video]How Are Pro-Life Activists Are Trying To Curb Roe V. Wade

Business Insider reports that several states are working to curb abortion rights across the country. There are several ways they are targeting the law without repealing it. Pro-Life groups are adding..

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Alabama Passes Near Total Abortion Ban [Video]Alabama Passes Near Total Abortion Ban

CNN reports that on Tuesday night, Alabama sent the most restrictive abortion bill in the country to the governor's desk. Alabama's Senate passing legislation that could punish doctors who perform..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:47Published

Heartbeat Bill Could Get Women 30 Years In Prison For A Miscarriage [Video]Heartbeat Bill Could Get Women 30 Years In Prison For A Miscarriage

On Tuesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed HB 481, a so-called "heartbeat bill" that would ban abortion after 5-6 weeks of pregnancy into law. It's set to go into effect in January 1, 2020, but at..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:54Published

Anger erupts on Alabama senate floor over abortion [Video]Anger erupts on Alabama senate floor over abortion

Alabama's state Senate on Thursday delayed until next week a vote on the strictest abortion bill in the United States after a shouting match on the Senate floor about whether to allow women impregnated..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:23Published

Alabama Senate to vote on bill banning abortion [Video]Alabama Senate to vote on bill banning abortion

A bill that would ban all abortion except to save the life of the mother is due to come up for a vote in the Alabama state senate on Thursday after having passed the House last week. Yahaira Jacquez..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:09Published

Georgia governor signs heartbeat abortion ban [Video]Georgia governor signs heartbeat abortion ban

Georgia's Republican governor on Tuesday signed a bill outlawing abortion if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat, part of a concerted effort by conservatives to restrict abortion rights in states..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:15Published


Elizabeth Warren rolls out federal policy to protect abortion rights

Warren's proposal calls for Congress to "create federal, statutory rights that parallel the constitutional right in Roe v. Wade"
CBS News - Published

Restrictive abortion bill in Missouri is "shaming women," senator says

Missouri joins a movement of GOP-dominated state legislatures emboldened by the possibility that a more conservative Supreme Court could overturn Roe V. Wade
CBS News - Published

Eye Opener: Alabama effectively outlaws abortion

Alabama's governor signs a new law banning nearly all abortions, while other states move to challenge Roe v. Wade. Also, a helicopter clearly in distress spirals in the air in New York City and crashes..
CBS News - Published

How CBS News covered Roe v. Wade in 1973

Walter Cronkite announced "the decision to end the pregnancy during the first three months belongs to the woman and her doctor, not the government"
CBS News - Published

Alabama abortion bill raises questions over the future of Roe v. Wade

Alabama lawmakers passed a bill to ban virtually all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest, unless there's a risk to the mother's health. The move is seen as an effort to get the Supreme Court to..
CBS News - Published

Alabama governor signs near-total abortion ban

The new law is the most restrictive anti-abortion measure passed in the United States since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973
CBS News - Published

Abortion ban igniting legal, political battles

In Alabama and other conservative states, anti-abortion politicians and activists emboldened by the addition of conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court hope to ignite legal fights and.. - Published

AP Look: Will Alabama's abortion law reach SCOTUS?

Alabama's new law which would virtually ban abortions is the latest and most far-reaching state law designed to prod the Supreme Court to reconsider the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. AP's Mark Sherman.. - Published

Ending Roe v. Wade wouldn't end abortion in America. This is what happens next

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court choice could tip the balance of the court on abortion, but that would move the fight, not end it. - Published

Alabama expected to approve controversial abortion bill

Alabama's Senate is expected to approve a bill that would outlaw virtually all abortions. Supporters said they want to directly challenge Roe v. Wade, the law the legalized abortion nationwide. Jericka..
CBS News - Published

Alabama Senate Set to Take Up Bill Effectively Banning Abortion

Alabama lawmakers hope the measure will lead the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade, which recognized a constitutional right to end a pregnancy. - Published

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