Today in History: Roe v Wade

| January 22, 2018

180122_News_219x365On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court passed a landmark ruling in the case of Roe versus Wade that recognized a woman’s right to make her own personal medical decisions — including the decision to have an abortion without political interference. The court held that a set of Texas statutes criminalizing abortion in most instances violated a woman’s constitutional right of privacy. The state could regulate abortion at approximately the end of the first trimester of pregnancy where viability or life outside the womb is possible.

The issue remains hotly contested, to the extent that the Roe versus Wade ruling has been refined. There are for example, restrictions on abortion procedures; enforcement of surgical standards in clinics; and admittance of abortion doctors to nearby hospitals.

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