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Roe v. Wade 410 U.S. 113 (1973). Brianna Dunn Mr. Noel Political Science November 27, 2013. People Involved. Jane Roe (Norma McCorvey) Plaintiff Dr. James Halford Plaintiff-Intervener Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee Roe’s Attorneys Henry Wade (Dallas County District Attorney)

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Roe v wade 410 u s 113 1973

Roe v. Wade410 U.S. 113(1973)

Brianna Dunn

Mr. Noel

Political Science

November 27, 2013


People involved
People Involved

  • Jane Roe (Norma McCorvey)

    • Plaintiff

  • Dr. James Halford

    • Plaintiff-Intervener

  • Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee

    • Roe’s Attorneys

  • Henry Wade (Dallas County District Attorney)

    • Defendant


Who is norma mccorvey
Who is Norma McCorvey?

  • Two previous children

  • 21 and pregnant again

  • Lied to get abortion

  • Signed affidavit with Dr. Halford and two lawyers

  • Affidavit confirmed anonymity

  • Jane Roe origination


Both sides
Both Sides

Roe’s Argument

Wade’s Argument

  • Bill of Rights say, “A woman has the right to terminate her pregnancy. It is improper of the State to deny individuals the personal… and sexual right to privacy.’’

  • Fetus was never considered a person in courts.

  • Stop Wade from enforcing Texas statutes

  • Used Texas statutes on abortion

  • A fetus is a person from the time of conception

  • Statutes need to be enforced


District courts
District Courts

  • 1970: Weddington and Coffee challenge Texas statutes

  • December 13, 1971: United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

  • Ruling:

    • Favored Roe’s legal merits of the case, however did not grant injunction.

    • Issued Texas laws barring abortion as void.

  • Cross-appealed


Dr halford
Dr. Halford

  • Admitted to two previous arrests

  • Wanted injunctive relief

  • Granted declaratory relief

  • Dismissed intervention


Court of appeals
Court of Appeals

  • Fifth Circuit Court

  • Final decision based on laws, not facts, in Roe’s favor

  • Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment

  • “Right to privacy, including a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy, against state action.”


Supreme court
Supreme Court

  • Decided to hear it since it dealt with the Constitution

  • Two justices were not present during the first arguments

  • Justice Harry Blackmun was ordered to write the Courts opinion

  • May of 1972: Blackmun ordered a rearguing


Majority vote
Majority Vote

  • October 11, 1972: case was reargued

  • Final decision was 7-2

  • Blackmun delivered the Court’s opinion that favored Roe

  • Majority: strike down Texas laws on privacy grounds


Dissenting opinion
Dissenting Opinion

  • Dissenters consisted of Justices Byron White and William Rehnquist

  • Court considered mother and her rights without thoughts of potential life

  • No constitutional right

  • Roe twisted legitimacy of true meaning of Fourteenth Amendment


Political impact today
Political Impact Today

  • The Court case took over 3 years to finish. Therefore, McCorvey’s child was born during the arguments.

  • She opened the idea to abortion more.

  • However, she is now pro-life


Works cited
Works Cited

  • "Roe v. Wade (1973)." Infoplease. 2005. Accessed November 14, 2013. http://www.infoplease.com/us/supreme-court/cases/ar35.html.

  • "Roe v. Wade – Case Brief Summary." Lawnix Free Case Briefs RSS. Accessed November 14, 2013. http://www.lawnix.com/cases/roe-wade.html.

  • www.east-buc.k12.ia.us

  • www.bibleprophecyblog.com

  • www.pbs.org

  • www.endroe.org

  • freestudents.blogspot.com