Roe v. wade - Aaron Bayliss Pol 201 October 31, 2007 Roe v....

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Aaron Bayliss Pol 201 October 31, 2007 Roe v. Wade 410 U.S. 113 (1973) Facts : In Texas, it is a felony for and woman to have an abortion except on “medical advice for the purpose of saving the life of the mother”. Roe, a single pregnant mother brought suit against Wade, the Dallas county district attorney, challenging the constitutionality of the Texas state law. A three-judge federal district court found the Texas law unconstitutional; the Supreme Court heard the case through a writ of certiorari. Legal Question : Are the Texas criminal abortion statutes, which prohibited abortions except to save a woman’s life unconstitutional? Holding : Yes Opinion : Mr. Justice Blackmun delivered the opinion of the court. *** A state criminal abortion statute of the current Texas type, that exceeds from criminality only a life saving procedure on behalf of the mother, without regard to pregnancy stage and without recognition of the other interests involved, is violative of the Due Process Clause of the
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