Roe v. Wade was the landmark 1973 United States Supreme Court decision
that recognized abortion as a constitutional right, overturning
several state laws against abortion. It remains one of the most
controversial decisions in Supreme Court history. The decision in Roe
v. Wade has sparked a decades-long national debate over when abortion
should be legal; the role of the Supreme Court in constitutional
adjudication; and the role of religious views in the political sphere.
Roe v. Wade became one of the most politically significant Supreme
Court decisions in history, reshaping national politics, dividing the
nation into "pro-choice" and "pro-life" camps, and inspiring
grassroots activism. Roe sparked widespread opposition, from those who
viewed the Court's decision as illegitimate for straying too far from
the text and history of the Constitution, as well as from those
motivated by religious and moral beliefs about the inviolability of
fetal life. It also attracted widespread support, from those who view
the decision as necessary to achieve women's equality and personal
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is
"Heartbreak Hotel" propelled Elvis Presley onto the music charts.
Independence Day in Saint Lucia
Scientists at the Roslin Institute in Scotland announced that a sheep
named Dolly had been cloned by somatic cell nuclear transfer.