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Roe v. Wade

Landmark 1973 United States Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion

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Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman's liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. It struck down many U.S. state and federal abortion laws, and prompted an ongoing national debate in the United States about whether and to what extent abortion should be legal, who should decide the legality of abortion, what methods the Supreme Court should use in constitutional adjudication, and what the role of religious and moral views in the political sphere should be. Roe v. Wade reshaped U.S. politics, dividing much of the United States into pro-life and pro-choice camps, while activating grassroots movements on both sides.


Sen. Collins on Kavanaugh and Roe v. Wade

Pro-choice Republican Susan Collins tells "60 Minutes" she believes Justice Kavanaugh will uphold Roe v. Wade.
CBS News - Published

Rape and incest exceptions stripped from strict S.C. abortion bill

Republicans concede the "fetal heartbeat" measure is part of an effort to spark a legal fight to give the U.S. Supreme Court an chance to overturn Roe v. Wade
CBS News - Published

“We’re trying to pass laws”: Anti-abortion rights advocate on plan to challenge Roe V. Wade

CBS News spoke to Karen Cross, the political director of National Right to Life, the oldest anti-abortion rights group in the country. Cross said she doesn't believe the Constitution includes the right..
CBS News - Published

Abortion rates hit record low rates across U.S.

The number of abortions performed in the U.S. has hit its lowest level since Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion nationwide nearly 50 years ago. Since 2014, the number of abortions has reportedly declined..
CBS News - Published

Abortion rate drops to lowest rate since Roe v. Wade

Experts say the drop is because of a declining pregnancy rate and laws targeting the operations of abortion providers.
CBS News - Published

Tennessee lawmakers consider total abortion ban

Lawmakers in Tennessee are considering a bill that would outlaw abortion entirely, potentially setting up a challenge to Roe v. Wade at the U.S. Supreme Court. CBS News reporter Kate Smith joins CBSN's..
CBS News - Published

Pro-lifers, beware: Overturning Roe can have unpredictable consequences for privacy rights

If the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, it could dramatically endanger the right to privacy in surprising areas totally unrelated to abortion.
USATODAY.com - Published

Biden Talks Up Support for Abortion Rights at Planned Parenthood Gathering

Mr. Biden sought to reassure abortion-rights activists about his commitment to protecting access to the procedure and said he would seek to codify Roe v. Wade in federal law.
NYTimes.com - Published

She had an abortion before Roe v. Wade. Now she's speaking out

"I felt so cheated, because I felt like I didn't have the opportunity, because it was illegal, to really think about how I was feeling about it."
CBS News - Published

Justice Thomas urges U.S. Supreme Court to feel free to reverse precedents

Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to feel less bound to upholding precedent, advancing a view that if adopted by enough of his fellow justices could result in more past..
Reuters - Published

Joe Biden Said He Did Not View Abortion ‘As a Choice and a Right’ in 2006

In the newly unearthed video, in which Mr. Biden reaffirmed his support for Roe v. Wade, he said he believed abortions were “always a tragedy.”
NYTimes.com - Published

5/22: CBSN AM

67% of Americans don’t want Roe V. Wade overturned; Beto O’Rourke introduces reproductive rights plan
CBS News - Published

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