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Roe vs. Wade: An Abortion Case

Roe vs. Wade was a very controversial issue for its time, and today. Roe vs. Wade was a landmark case for women's rights. Roes case required states to allow women to have an abortion during the first six months of pregnancy. This allowed women a choice if they would like to keep a child. Roe vs. Wade was so controversial because it dealt with the topic of abortion. To many people abortion is killing an "unborn child," or child. Abortion is more than a political issue it is also a moral issue. "Is it right to abort a fetus or baby?"

Roe, an unmarried, pregnant woman from Texas wanted an abortion, but an existing statute prevented her from doing so. The Texas statute, originally passed in 1857, outlawed abortions except to save the life of the life of the mother. Roe filed a lawsuit in the federal district court on behalf of herself and all other pregnant women. Roe wanted to have an abortion statute declared because the 1857 statute passed in Texas was unconstitutional. Roe stated it was an invasion of her right to privacy guaranteed by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments. At the same time Roe sought an injunction, or court order, issue against the

statutes enforcement so that she might go forward with the abortion. The district courts agreed with Roe that the law was unconstitutionally vague

and violated her right privacy under the Ninth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment. The Ninth Amendment allows for the existence of the rights, like that of privacy grant the injunction allowing her to go ahead with the abortion. Roe then appealed the denial to the injunction to the United States Supreme Court.

Around that same time a woman named Mary Doe sought an abortion but a 1968 Georgia statute, only allowing abortion if necessary to save the life of the mother, in the case of pregnancy resulted from rape or incest, or if the baby was likely to be born with defects. The statute also creat...

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