Abortion in America
On January 22nd, 1973 the United States Supreme Court, in a decision known as Roe v. Wade, ruled that state laws banning abortion were unconstitutional. The court ruled that a woman's privacy was more important than the interest of any state in protecting unborn children.
This decision was neither voted on by the populace nor mandated by the legislative or executive branches of the government. With a stroke of a pen, the Supreme Court struck down abortion laws in over 40 states and declared the unborn child was not a "person" and had no constitutional rights.
The 7-2 ruling in Roe v. Wade stated: