The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Chipping Away at Roe v. Wade

Jan 21, 2013

Roe v. Wade said the constitutional right to privacy protects abortion as a healthcare decision between a woman and her doctor. Since then, two watershed rulings have inserted the government into that private decision.

The first – in 1992 – Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, made it legal to “burden” women by throwing up legal roadblocks to abortion.

The second – in 2007 – the ban on “partial birth abortions,” made a particular type of late-term abortion illegal, even if the mother must die as a result of this law.