Roe v Wade: 37th Anniversary of Supreme Court Ruling
Today is the 37th Anniversary of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court ruling, which legalized abortion in the United States. Since Roe v Wade, American women's right to abortion has been under constant attack. Here is the full text of the Roe v Wade decision. The names in the case refer to an anonymous single woman ("Jane Roe"), whose actual name is Norma L. McCorvey, and Dallas County DA Henry Wade. Henry Wade, who died in 1986, also prosecuted Jack Ruby for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.
The gist of Roe v Wade was that Norma McCorvey was challenging the constitutionality of Texas abortion laws. Norma McCorvey had claimed that she had been raped, since that was the only way she could get a legal abortion without demonstrating that her own life was at risk should she carry the child to term. Ultimately, the Supreme Court decided that a woman may abort a pregnancy for any reason, up until "the point at which the fetus becomes viable". That last phrase defined the battleground of late-term abortions.
At the same time, a childless married couple also challenged the law, but their suit was struck down.
So this raises the question: where are the young, vibrant women supporting their pro-life or pro-choice positions? Likely, they’re at home. “Young women are still concerned about these issues, but they’re not trained to go out and protest,” says Kristy Maddux, assistant professor at the University of Maryland, who specializes in historical feminism.