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Roe v. Wade 1972 Oral Argument by Robert Flowers

Roe v. Wade 1972 Oral Argument

by Robert Flowers

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The U.S. Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973, in Roe vs. Wade made laws outlawing a woman's right to abortion unconstitutional. Ms. Weddington and Mr. Flowers argued the case of a Texas woman who sued the state for the right to have an abortion. The Texas statute was struck down due the vague nature of the law and the rights of the mother found in the 9th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution. Justice Harry Blackmun wrote the historic decision following weeks of research at the Mayo Clinic stating that the constitutional right to privacy was "broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy." Justices Rehnquist and White wrote dissenting opinions in the 7-2 decision. Justice White wrote that the court acted illegitimately stating that the decision could only be justified as an exercise of "raw judicial power."

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