Roe Vs. Wade: The Legalization Of Abortion

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In 1973, abortion became legal in the United States through the well-known court case of Roe vs Wade. Jane Roe was a pregnant and single woman who filed a lawsuit against a Dallas Country District Attorney, Henry Wade, in a federal court in Texas. She argued that she had a right to terminate her pregnancy in a safe medical environment even if her life was not in danger. The court ruled in her favor, saying that the constitution protects an individual’s “zone of privacy”, and that the zone was wide enough to include a woman 's choice whether or not to terminate her pregnancy. Since 1973, millions of abortions have been performed, yet the controversy over whether it should have been legalized is still argued by countless individuals today. The

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