Socio-Political Context of Roe v. Wade

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    Socio-Legal-Political Context of Roe v. Wade

  • Inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • The FDA approves "The Pill" (Enovid) for public use

    The FDA approves the first COCP (Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill), a move which helped usher in the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
  • Launch of Sputnik and beginning of space race

  • President John F. Kenedy is inaugurated.

    President Kennedy is inaugurated.
  • Betty Friedan publishes "The Feminine Mystique"

    Betty Friedan publishes "The Feminine Mystique," starting the Second Wave Feminism movement.
  • Assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas motorcade.

    Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • Protests at Berkeley against Vietnam War

  • Counterculture movement begins on West Coast

  • First U.S. combatants enter Vietnam

    The Vietnam War was one of the most politically divisive events of the 1960's and 1970's.
  • Supreme Court rules on Griswold v. Connecticut

    Supreme Court decided that the use of ctraceptives was a "right of privacy" issue and ruled that married women in all states had a right to access oral contraceptives.
  • Inauguration of President Richard M. Nixon

  • Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe) discovers pregnancy

  • Neil Armstrong sets foot on the Moon

  • The iconic Woodstock Festival is held in New York

    Woodstock Festival was held beginning 15 August 1969. It eventually became a symbol of the changes and movements of the turbulent 1960s.
  • U.S. District Court rules in favor of Roe

  • Roe reaches Supreme Court on appeal; 1st hearing

  • Doe v. Bolton simultaneously heard by Supreme Court

  • Supreme Court rules on Eidenstadt v. Baird

    Supreme Court decided that unmarried couples (and women) had the same rights accorded to married couples and thus had the constitutional right to access oral contraceptives.
  • Equal Rights Amendment passes both houses of Congress

    The title pretty much says it.
  • Seocnd hearing for Roe v. Wade for Supreme Court

  • Supreme Court rules on Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion

    Supreme Court rules that anti-abortion statutes in most states are unconstitutional.
  • National Right to Life Committee incorporated

  • Watergate scandal and resignation of Nixon

  • Last U.S. forces exit Vietnam conflict in Saigon.

    This marked the end of official U.S. involvement in Vietnam.