What Is “Roe v. Wade”?

For You From The Word

He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. (2 Samuel 23:3, NKJV)

For You To Think About

The United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision was handed down on January 22, 1973.

US Supreme CourtIn an appeal on behalf of plaintiff Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”), the Court ruled that states could not regulate abortions performed during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Further, states could only enact abortion regulations pertaining to the second and third trimesters when a mother’s life was affected.

Finally, the ruling stipulated that states could enact abortion laws protecting the life of the fetus only in the third trimester. Even then, an exception had to be made to protect the life of the mother.

The ruling was based on an individual’s right to privacy, granted under in the 14th Amendment, which the majority argued extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion.

In essence, the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion on demand. Today, Roe v. Wade remains one of the Supreme Court’s most recognized and divisive rulings.

For You To Pray

Gracious Father,
Allow our nation to respect the sanctity of human life. Move our leaders to protect the unborn through legislation.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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