In its 7-2 decision in January 1973 in Jane Roe et al v. Henry Wade, District Attorney of Dallas County (Texas), the United States Supreme Court held that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provided a “right to privacy” that allows pregnant women to choose whether or not to have an abortion.
States that had previously strictly limited abortions or barred them altogether, based on longstanding legal tradition in the United States, were enjoined by the nation’s highest court from interfering with this newly defined “right.”
Since then, some 62 million unborn children have been aborted in the United States.
On Dec. 1, 2021, the Supreme Court will hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that is widely seen as the most momentous test of Roe to date. At issue is the constitutionality of Mississippi’s 2018 law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. As one legal insider sees it, Dobbs represents the “best chance, the best facts, the best law” with which to finally overturn both Roe and Casey.
CNA is providing a series of stories examining Roe and Dobbs in detail.
Legal scholar Angela Wu Howard is one of the signers of an amicus brief in the Dobbs abortion case that... Read more
Interest in instances where the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned its prior decisions is heightened now because of Dobbs v.... Read more
As the Supreme Court considers whether to overturn its precedents mandating legal abortion nationwide, critics of legal abortion have argued... Read more
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider two legal challenges to Texas’ pro-life heartbeat law, just weeks before it... Read more
During her tenure with Planned Parenthood, Mayra Rodríguez said she witnessed falsified abortion records, serious complications from abortions, and experienced... Read more
Kathi Aultman thought she found her calling as a doctor for Planned Parenthood, but God had other plans. Read more
The Supreme Court’s precedents on legal abortion are so tangled and misguided that abortion law should be returned to the... Read more
This December, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health... Read more
The United States is one of only seven countries that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and its... Read more
This December, the US Supreme Court is set to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that many... Read more
In a legal brief in the pivotal Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization abortion case before the U.S. Supreme Court,... Read more
When it comes to abortion, Pope Francis has been a clear defender of the humanity of an unborn child. Read more
A new pro-life organization aimed at mobilizing progressives and those on the political left launched Friday at a rally outside... Read more
A federal appeals court is holding off on deciding whether to continue to block a Georgia pro-life law until the... Read more
The House on Friday passed legislation overriding state pro-life laws and removing limits on abortion up to the point of... Read more
The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade, the court’s 1973 ruling that legalized... Read more
The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear arguments in a critical abortion case on Dec. 1. Read more
Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, presented its legal argument Monday for why the U.S. Supreme Court should... Read more
More than 75 amicus briefs have been filed at the Supreme Court supporting Mississippi’s ban on most elective abortions after... Read more
Democratic senators have argued that overturning or otherwise limiting Roe v. Wade would pave the way to change the size... Read more