Norma L. Mccorvey's Argumentative Analysis

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During the late 1900’s, most states had adopted laws that outlawed abortion except in extreme cases. Many women tried illegal abortions, but these were very risky because illegal abortions were performed in unsanitary conditions. People were questioning the government’s right to interfere with citizens’ privacy. Norma L. McCorvey, a woman who lived in Texas, had become pregnant for the third time in 1969. She attempted to apply for illegal abortion, but there were no available abortion centers in the state where she lived. The state law said that unless the life of the mother was in jeopardy, abortion was prohibited and that states had the right to decide moral laws. McCorvey’s attorneys, Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington, helped her with her…show more content…
Despite the strong majority, Justice White and Rehnquist wrote strong dissenting opinions. They wrote that the Constitution does not support abortion and that the other Justices were merely making exceptions for pregnant women by announcing a new right to abortion. The rationale brought up in Roe v. Wade was not sufficient enough to override state laws. Justice White even said that the result of Roe v. Wade was an example of the Supreme Court’s abuse of power to interpret the Constitution and that he did approve of the fact the Court had crossed the boundary of protecting human lives by helping in the extermination of innocent children. Rehnquist thought that the Justices were merely making up rights that did not exist in the Constitution; the Founding Fathers did not imply the right of abortion in the Fourteenth Amendment, therefore the case should not have been voted in favor of

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