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.
Three legal experts are expressing optimism for a pro-life victory in the U.S. Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s... Read more
If the US Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion across the country in 1973, what... Read more
President Joe Biden reaffirmed his support of Roe v. Wade on Wednesday, in response to a question about the Dobbs... Read more
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, concerning Mississippi’s... Read more
Oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization have concluded. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionality... Read more
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments about the constitutionality of Mississippi’s 15-week state abortion ban Wednesday, a high-stakes test... Read more
Catholic leaders offered statements and prayers leading up to and following the oral arguments in the case Dobbs v. Jackson... Read more
Former vice president Mike Pence is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling... Read more
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a historic case on Dec. 1 that directly challenges Roe v. Wade, the 1973... Read more
Legal experts say the Dobbs case presents an ideal opportunity for the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider previous rulings that... Read more
Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians recently united for a day of prayer in anticipation for an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court... Read more
With oral arguments for the greatest challenge to Roe v. Wade in a half century set for Dec. 1, readers... Read more
Dorinda Chiappetta Bordlee, a New Orleans-based attorney, is one of 240 pro-life women to sign an amicus brief with the... Read more
The Catholic Church must be prepared to act if Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide,... Read more
Reversing Roe v. Wade could strengthen the Hispanic community in the United States, according to Ramona Treviño, a former director... Read more
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