Abortion and the Court

In this special on-going series, Carol takes a look at some of the major Supreme Court decisions that have affected the fight for life in the United States. 




  • (1971) US v. Vuitch
    In 1969, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found the District’s criminal abortion statute (first enacted by Congress in 1901 and amended in 1953) was unconstitutionally vague.  It was the first time a federal court found an existing abortion law unconstitutional.
  • (1973) Roe v. Wade, Part 1
    (1973) Roe v. Wade, Part 2
    One of the most infamous Supreme Court decisions in history, Roe v. Wade stripped away all legal protections for unborn children from the laws of the 50 states in what Justice Byron White called an “exercise of raw judicial power.”
  • (1973) Doe v. Bolton
    The companion case to Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton’s definition of “health” gave way to abortion on demand for any reason – even as a method of birth control.
  • (1979) Bellotti v. Baird
    In its 1979 decision in Bellotti v. Baird, the Court dictated the provisions necessary to make parental involvement laws “constitutional” in the context of Roe’s absolute “right” to abortion, giving rise to judicial bypass regulations in many state parental involvement laws.