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.
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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
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
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.. USATODAY.com - Published
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.. USATODAY.com - Published
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