Roe v. wade - Aaron Bayliss Pol 201 Roe v Wade 410 U.S...

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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 Fourteenth Amendment.
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