Roe vs Wade: 40 years later

40 years ago today, the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion across the country in the landmark case of Roe vs. Wade.

Few rulings have sparked the kind of emotional reaction Roe has… especially four decades after the fact.

WGN’s Steve Sanders looks at the history of that ruling and how it’s evolved.

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4 comments

  • Brian K

    Thank you Steve for covering a topic that is so under-reported in relation to it impact on society. I believe it is the hiding of this topic beneath the radar that is part of the problem. Full transparency and reporting on this topic is what is needed so that the majority of people can then make a fully informed decision on the morality of this. Sadly the vast majority of media in the U.S. makes a deliberate decision to either not report or under-report on this, and the question needs to be asked why? When this topic is reported, the reporting is often so full of euphemisms and code-words that many may not get a full understanding of what this topic entails. I think informed public need statistics on the preponderance of abortions amongst specific groups, minorities, disabled, by gender, by race. I cannot see how society being less informed, and less educated on this topic is going to help our society going forward. An example of under-reporting, is the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. which draw attendances of 400,000 in recent years, that barely gets scant coverage or no coverage at all by most media outlets in this country. Under-reporting of this controversial topic will only prolong the pain and delay a solution. Isn't getting at and reporting the truth, what good journalism is all about?

  • Alveda

    Thanks Brian K for your comments. I just did a quick Google search, and abortion does indeed unfairly target, unborn disabled, unborn females, unborn African Americans, unborn illegitimate babies. If this level of discrimination happened to babies outside the womb, there would be total and widespread outrage amongst all good, moral embracing Americans. Are we fooling ourselves that these beating hearts are not human, when science proves otherwise. ACLU and Operation Push should be outraged knowing these statistics, but somehow silence persists. Over 50,000,000 Americans not born since 1973. If all these Americans were allowed to live, our demographic pyramid would be such that the debt and entitlements issues would not be so pressing as there would be a much smaller dependance ratio. The Bible was right, society reaps what is sows, and this lesson of this can be clearly seen in Europe. America would be foolhardy to follow down the same path as the results of the failed anti-life experiment (that is, abortion, contraception, no-child "families", non-male/female relationships, putting pleasure over virtue) in Europe, the result of which are clear for all to see.

  • LawyerMom

    This was a very interesting report, but I am surprised that there is absolutely no mention of Roe v. Wade's companion case, Doe v. Bolton (decided the same day). The Doe case is critical to understand the breadth of Roe — so many people don't know that, because of Doe's definition of "health" — abortion remains legal in the United States for all nine months, for any reason. I was also saddened not to see any mention of the women who have died as a result of LEGAL abortion — including Chicago's own Tonya Reeves, who died in Planned Parenthood's Michigan Avenue clinic just six months ago, while undergoing a second-trimester abortion. Thank you Steve for your report.

  • tyler

    Hi my name is Tyler. i am conduction a surveyfor my senior research paper for school. my topic is abortion and i have a few questions i would like as much feedback as possible. confidentiality will be kept no indiviuals name will be used. Thanks

    1) should abortion be illegal or legal?
    2) why should it be illegal or legal?
    3) do you believe that its mostly teenage abortion or adult abortions getting performed?
    4) why do you believe that abortion is such abig topic?

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