Supreme_Court_Case - Marcus Caballero Period 5 Roe v Wade...

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Marcus Caballero Period 5 Roe v. Wade 1973 Background In 1969, a woman named Norma McCorvey wanted to end her unwanted pregnancy. McCorvey had two pregnancies prior to this experience and had given the two children up for adoption. During this time in Texas, it was legal to have an abortion, but only for the purposes of saving a woman’s life, rape, or incest. McCorvey was financially incapable of travelling to other countries where abortions were legal and safe, as many wealthy American women were doing. Although her attempts at getting an illegal abortion failed, McCorvey was referred to Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington--two Texas attorneys who were interesting in challenging the anti-abortion laws. In legal documents, McCorvey became known as “Jane Roe”. The attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of now Roe and all women who become pregnant and may want to consider all options against Henry Wade, the district attorney of Dallas County, who prosecuted Jack Ruby in 1964 for killing John F. Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. McCorvey eventually decided to

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