Supreme Court Establishes Abortion Right

1973

In Roe v. Wade, by a 7-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court establishes that a woman has a constitutional right to choose whether to carry her pregnancy to term, effectively nullifying strict anti-abortion laws in 46 states. The plaintiff, Norma McCorvey, took the pseudonym Jane Roe to challenge a Texas law that prohibited all abortions, except those necessary to save a woman’s life. the Court finds that even though the right to privacy is not specifically listed in the Bill of Rights, the Ninth Amendment allows “unenumerated” rights to be recognized as well.