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Roe v. Wade

What happened in Roe v. Wade?

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January 01, 2013 4:51AM

A pregnant single woman named Norma L. McCorvey (AKA Jane Roe) wanted to get an abortion but she couldn't because it was illegal in Texas where she lived. She tried to get around the law by falsely claiming she was raped. That failed, since she didn't have a police report to corroborate her story. She also tried visiting an illegal clinic, but it was already closed by the police. So she ended up seeing attorneys Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington. McCorvey ended up giving birth to a baby girl before the case was decided. The child was immediately given up for adoption.

Anyway, the Supreme Court overturned the state law and legalized abortion. They decided it was unconstitutional not to allow it, based on the 9th and 14th amendments and the outcome of other cases such as Doe v. Bolton and Griswold v. Connecticut. Ironically, Norma McCorvey eventually changed her position on the issue and became a pro-life supporter.