Roe v. Wade (Jimmy Matthiesen)

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Roe v. Wade \”the case\” (Jimmy Matthiesen)
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Landmark Supreme Court case concerning a woman’s right to have an abortion. The case originated when the woman under the alias of \”Jane Roe\” petitioned the U.S. District court for Nothern Texas to have an abortion. The case was appealed and eventually reached the Supreme Court. After debate, the court ruled that under the 14th ammendment, women have a right to privacy concerning their bodies, and thus abortion is a legal activity. The decision faced heavy disent from two of the seven judges, who believed that it was the states responsibility to protect the potential of live conceived through a fetus.
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Roe v. Wade -Impact
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This case was incredibly important in 20th century. Most importantly, the case politicised and polarized the court. Justices now could firmly be categorized as either \”liberal\” or \”conservative\” based on their opinion on Roe v. Wade. This led to the occurence of \”political litmus tests\” for Supreme Court nominees, in which they must defend their decision on this landmark case. Further, the legalization of abortion had widespread social impact, including and attribution to the large drop in crime that occured in the 1990s.

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