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Roe v. Wade

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Citation. 410 U.S. 113, 93 S. Ct. 705, 35 L. Ed. 2d 147, 1973 U.S.

Brief Fact Summary. A Texas statute made procuring an abortion a crime. The constitutionality of the statute was brought into question.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. The decision of a woman to have an abortion is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. As such, the State may not interfere with this right absent a compelling governmental interest and narrow tailoring of the law to the compelling governmental interest.


Facts. A Texas statute made procuring an abortion a crime except for the purpose of saving the mother. The asserted purposes for the law were to protect pregnant woman from a hazardous procedure and to protect prenatal life. The constitutionality of the statute was brought into question.

Issue. Was the Texas statute proscribing, altogether, a woman’s right to have an abortion constitutional?
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