The Impact of Roe V. Wade Essay

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The Impact of Roe v. Wade Among the many landmark cases of the United States Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), still is one of the most controversial and politically significant cases in U.S. Supreme Court history, greatly affecting political elections and decisions concerning women’s rights ever since. In 1970, a woman named Norma McCorvey, who had been fired from her for being pregnant; wished to terminate the pregnancy. But in the state of Texas abortions were illegal expect in cases were the health and/or safety of the mother were at risk. Two woman lawyers; Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington, who at the time were looking to overturn the restrictions on abortion laws in Texas recruited Ms. McCorvey, and filed suit …show more content…
Nothing determines the course of women's lives more than the spacing and timing of her children." Women now have the right to control the timing of when to reproduce, which has opened up doors in both educational and career opportunities; women have become more adequate and equal citizens. But Roe v. Wade goes far beyond abortion issues, when it comes to legal and political battles. The question on when life begins, which Roe never even touched on, remains a torn in any politician’s side. Due in part to the fact that technology is moving a lot quicker then the law can rule on issues like medical research involving embryos; cloning; behavior of pregnant woman; and the legal ownership of frozen embryos. Anti-abortion activists have been able to chip away at the right and access to an abortion for many women. One of the biggest victories for abortion opponents came in 1992, the case of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, even though the “court upheld Roe v. Wade, it created a new standard for judging whether abortion restrictions are constitutional. The Court abandoned the "strict scrutiny" test that had said states must prove a "compelling interest" to restrict abortion. Instead, a woman must be the one to prove that a state's restrictions place an "undue burden" on her right to choose,” (Hontz, J. 1998). Since then states have enacted and are enforcing laws placing a whole slew of

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