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Roe v. Wade - Significance, Norma Mccorvey Tests The Law, Constitutional Issues, State Court Favors Plaintiff, Supreme Court Hears The Case

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Plaintiff

Norma McCorvey, using "Jane Roe" as an alias and representing all pregnant women in a class-action suit

Defendant

Henry B. Wade, Texas District Attorney

Plaintiff's Claim

The Texas' abortion laws violated McCorvey's and other women's constitutional rights.

Chief Lawyers for Plaintiff

Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee

Chief Defense Lawyers

Jay Floyd and Robert Flowers

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun (writing for the Court), William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Potter Stewart

Justices Dissenting

William H. Rehnquist, Byron R. White

Place

Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

22 January 1973

Decision

Overturned all state laws restricting women's access to abortions during the first trimester of pregnancy and let stand second-trimester restrictions only insofar as they were designed to protect the health of pregnant women.

Related Cases

  • Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1964).
  • Harris v. McRae, 448 U.S. 297 (1980).
  • Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 492 U.S. 490 (1989).
  • Rust v. Sullivan, 500 U.S. 173 (1991).
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