"Roe v. Wade" in American Legal History Analytical Essay by Nicky

"Roe v. Wade" in American Legal History
An in-depth analysis of the "Roe v. Wade" landmark case on abortion.
# 145466 | 2,127 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 11, 2010 in Law (Historic Trials) , Hot Topics (Abortion)

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The paper offers the background and history of abortion laws in the United States and then describes how the landmark "Roe v. Wade" case was based on the Ninth and Fourteenth Constitutional Amendments. The paper explores the social impact of this case and then analyzes the rationale behind this ruling. The paper argues that while the "Roe" decision was necessary and beneficial to American society from a moral and religious point of view, it was actually predicated upon dubious reasoning from a technical and legal perspective as well as medical principals. The paper contends that in light of advances in the medical field, there should be a re-examination of the criteria pertaining to fetal viability.

Background and History of Abortion Laws in the United States
The Procedural Road from State Courts to the Supreme Court Appeal
The Significance of the 9th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution
Social Impact

From the Paper:

"In 1969, Norma McCorvey became pregnant and sought to terminate the pregnancy through surgical abortion but was unable to because in her home state of Texas, abortion was illegal except in extreme cases of medical necessity. At that time, only three states in the entire nation permitted elective abortion and the option to travel to obtain a legal procedure was cost prohibitive for a poor single woman in McCorvey's position. McCorvey retained attorneys Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington and filed suit or her behalf (as "Jane Roe") challenging the Texas law prohibiting abortion in the landmark case Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abrams, Natalie, Buckner, Michael, D. A Clinical Textbook and Reference for the Health Care Professions. (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999).
  • Dershowitz, Alan, M. Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age. (New York: Little Brown & Co, 2002).
  • Friedman, Laurence, M. A History of American Law. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005).
  • Hall, Kermit, L. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).
  • Hartman, Gary, Mersky, Roy, M., and Cindy L. Tate. Landmark Supreme Court Decisions, (New York: Checkmark Books, 2007).

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