ROE vs WADE-1973 Women Rights vs 2021 Women’s Rights

What the Heck is Roe vs. Wade? Sure, a Landmark Abortion Case. But about what exactly? Until Today, I really didn’t know much about this Famous Case. Now. You will too…

Wade was a 1971 – 1973 landmark decision by the US Supreme Court. The court ruled that Texas’s a state law that banned abortions (To save the mother) was unconstitutional. The ruling made abortion legal in many circumstances. The decision said that a woman’s right to privacy extended to the fetus/unborn child she was carrying.

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. › wiki

Roe v. Wade – Wikipedia

Decision: OpinionDate decided: January 22, 1973

Majority: Blackmun, joined by BurgerDouglasBrennanStewartMarshallPowell

Argument: Oral argument

Ruling court: Supreme Court of the United States

Location: United States

Subsequent:Rehearing denied, 410 U.S. 959 (1973)

Wade was a 1971 – 1973 landmark decision by the US Supreme Court. The court ruled that a state law that banned abortions (To save the mother) was unconstitutional. The ruling made abortion legal in many circumstances. The decision said that a woman’s right to privacy extended to the fetus/unborn child she was carrying.

The case began in 1970 when “Jane Roe”—a fictional name used to protect the identity of the plaintiff, Norma McCorvey (1947–2017)—instituted federal action against Henry Wade, the district attorney of Dallas county, Texas, where Roe resided. The Supreme Court disagreed with Roe’s assertion of an absolute right to terminate pregnancy in any way and at any time and attempted to balance a woman’s right of privacy with a state’s interest in regulating abortion. In his opinion, Blackmun noted that only a “compelling state interest” justifies regulations limiting “fundamental rights” such as privacy and that legislators must therefore draw statutes narrowly “to express only the legitimate state interests at stake.” The Court then attempted to balance the state’s distinct compelling interests in the health of pregnant women and in the potential life of fetuses. It placed the point after which a state’s compelling interest in the pregnant woman’s health would allow it to regulate abortion “at approximately the end of the first trimester” of pregnancy. With regard to the fetus, the Court located that point at “capability of meaningful life outside the mother’s womb,” or viability, which occurs at about 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Who the Heck was Henry Wade?

Henry Menasco Wade was an American lawyer who served as district attorney of Dallas County from 1951 to 1987. Wikipedia
Born: November 11, 1914, Rockwall County, TX
Died: March 1, 2001, Dallas, TX
Spouse: Yvonne Hillman (m. 1948–1987)

Known for: Prosecution of Jack Ruby and Roe v. Wade

To Texans, he was unforgettable. As Dallas County prosecutor from 1950 to 1986, Wade never lost a case he personally tried. His office racked up convictions  some, it later turned out, falsely — at the pace of a prize thoroughbred. He prosecuted Jack Ruby after he shot and killed Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the Dallas police headquarters in 1963.
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And yet to the rest of the country, Wade is largely forgotten, a fact that boggles the mind given that his name is attached to perhaps the most controversial Supreme Court decision in U.S. history.

Roe v. Wade
This summer Wade’s name has been in the news again as the Senate weighs the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, who could be the fifth justice needed to overturn the landmark abortion decision. On Wednesday, asked repeatedly about the case, Kavanaugh declined to say whether it was decided correctly. 
Sen. Susan Collins said Kavanaugh sees Roe v. Wade as ‘settled law’
The public debate about the decision to legalize abortion has extended way beyond the participants and facts of the case. You don’t, for instance, hear Norma McCorvey’s name all that much in the shouting. She’s the woman who sued Wade as “Jane Roe,” in the case that wound its way to the Supreme Court.
According to “Roe v. Wade: The Untold Story of the Landmark Supreme Court Decision that Made Abortion Legal,” the cigar-chewing prosecutor —a Democrat — never showed any personal animosity toward abortion. In fact, author Marian Faux wrote that:

…Wade’s office, like most district attorneys’ offices across the country, had instigated virtually no abortion prosecutions. District attorneys typically prosecuted an abortionist only when a complaint was filed by a police department, and that only happened when a woman showed up, usually at a large metropolitan hospital, with a badly bungled abortion and was willing to talk to the police about what had happened to her.
Which is to say, Wade wasn’t out crusading against abortions.
So why did “Roe” sue?
Because abortion was illegal in the county. Wade was the top law enforcement official in said county. Roe wanted to challenge the law and his authority, should he so choose to exercise it, to prosecute her if she underwent an abortion.
The result is obviously well known: The Supreme Court voted 7-2 in Roe’s favor. Roe won! Abortion was declared legal around the country. Wade lost!

Who was Norma McCorvey aka ‘Jane Roe’?

Norma McCorvey is the “Jane Roe” whose unwanted pregnancy led to the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. AKA Jane Roe is a portrait of McCorvey, “a surprising, thought-provoking and incredibly moving documentary that brings into focus the woman who was ‘Jane Roe,’ and unravels the mysteries she guarded so closely throughout her life,” according to FX. 

This Series is available on HULU.

What I remember most as a child before Roe vs. Wade was the ways women were forced to attempt their Own Abortions by themselves and with the aid of others.

  1. Run to Mexico. Get it done there.
  2. Using Metal Wire-Hangers. And I knew of one woman who died that way. The familiar symbol of illegal abortion is the infamous “coat hanger” — which may be the symbol, but is in no way a myth. In my years in New York, several women arrived with a hanger still in place. Whoever put it in – perhaps the patient herself – found it trapped in the cervix and could not remove it…
  3. Sitting repeatedly on a sharpened extra Long Flat Head Screw Driver. About 12″-18″ long. Miscarriages took place and women died of explosive Bleeding while doing this.
  4. Having a long Flat Head extension shoved inside attached to an Electric Drill. And Drill Turned on repeatedly until bleeding began or fetus heartbeat was no longer heard.
  5. There were other Medieval Ways they used as well.

But there was a High Risk of Death of the woman and a High Risk of no longer being fertile afterwards. Death of the Fetus was almost absolutely certain.

Do women in 1973 outperform the Rights’s Needs of the Women now in 2021?

What do you think? Go back to Medieval Ways of Performing an Abortion in unclean, unsanitary settings or allow a woman to have an Abortion as was allowed in 1973? Risking both Death of the pregnant woman and her becoming infertile.

What you think? Men make the Rules, Right?