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Roe v. Wade Timeline

January 22, 1973: Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 finally decided in the Supreme Court by a 7 to 2 majority. The court held that under the Fourteenth Amendment most U.S. abortion laws are unconstitutional.

Specifically, the court held that until the fetus is "viable" (or able to live outside the mother's womb, a development usually occurring at from 24 to 28 weeks) a woman can have an abortion for any reason she sees fit.

October 11, 1972: Case reargued due to the late addition of Justice Powell and Justice Rehnquist to the court.

December 13, 1971: An appeal of the decision of the district court sends the case into its first round of U.S. Supreme Court arguments.

1970: Seeking a legal abortion, Jane Roe, 21, files suit in against defendant Henry Wade in Texas' Dallas Country District Court. The Texas court rules in Roe's favor.

Posted in Abortion, Legal Issues, Roe v Wade.


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  1. Katie K. says

    and thank god for it! Remember the CWLU still offers counseling and referral services to women in need. Even though you or your doctor can't receive jail time, it doesn't mean that suddenly all doctors will begin helping! And especially if you are a woman of color or financially unstable!

  2. mccartneym says

    Not to mention the social stigma of obtaining an abortion through the "proper" channels. Even your doctor seems to be judging your decision! Thank goodness for the sensitive and concerned guidance the CWLU provides.