Roe v. Wade

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  • Norma L. McCorvey becomes pregnant with third child

    Norma L. McCorvey becomes pregnant with third child
    In June 1969, Norma L. McCorvey discovered she was pregnant with her third child. She returns to Dallas, Texas and her friends advise her to falsely say she had been raped so she could get an abortion (texas abortion laws were only for rape and incest). Since there were no police reports of the rape. the plan failed.
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    Roe v. Wade

  • Court Ruling

    Norma was appointed two attorneys, Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington. The defendant in the case was Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade, representing the State of Texas. McCorvey was no longer claiming her pregnancy was the result of rape, and later acknowledged that she had lied about having been raped.The district court ruled in McCorvey's favor. The district court's decision was based upon the 9th Amendment. They said it was by right of privacy.
  • Case reaches Supreme Court

    Case reaches Supreme Court
    Roe v. Wade reached the Supreme Court on appeal in 1970. The Justices delayed taking action on Roe and a closely related case, Doe v. Bolton, until they decided Younger v. Harris Arguments were scheduled by the full Court for December 13, 1971.
  • Supreme Court Decision

    Supreme Court Decision
    The Supreme Court decided, with a 7 to 2 vote, that it was in favor of Roe. The court considered that abortion was a fundmental right under the Constitution.
  • Ohio law deemed unconstituiotnal

    In, Akron v. Akron center for Reproductive, the supreme court deems it unconstitutional in Ohio law that requires all abortions after the first trimester to be done in a hospital and the need for parental consent for any girl under age 15.
  • "Undue Burden"

    "Undue Burden"
    Supporters on both sides of the abortion issue are confused when the Supreme Court rules on Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. v. Casey. They say teh regulations are an "undue burden" on womens rights. The critics say the statement was too vague.
  • Bill Clinton signs law

    Bill Clinton signs law
    President Bill Clinton signs an Abortion Clinic Protection Law which protects clinics from attacks, blockades, etc.
  • New Abortion Pill

    New Abortion Pill
    The Food and Drug Administration approves the abortion pill RU-486.Allows women to terminate a pregnancy within seven weeks of there last period without a surgical abortion.
  • Largest demonstration

    After President Bush's reproductiove rights policy, 800,000 "March for Women's Lives" demonstrators meet in Washington. Largest rally since 1992.
  • First stop since Roe v. Wade

    The Supreme Court upholds the partial-birth abortion law 5-4 in the first federal restriction on a particular abortion method since Roe v. Wade. The judge says the mojorities opion is it, "cannot be understood as anything other than an effort to chip away a right declared again and again by this court."
  • Susan G. Komen cuts off funding

    Susan G. Komen cuts off funding
    Susan G. Komen for the Cure announces it will cut off funding to affiliates of Planned Parenthood. The organization reverses the decision three days later amid a public outcry.
  • Obamacare and Abortion

    Obamacare and Abortion
    The Supreme Court upholds President Obama's Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. In 2014, the level of abortion coverage each woman will receive will depend on their state's policy. The ACA prohibits states from including abortion in any essential benefits package and no plan in an insurance exchange is required to offer abortion coverage.