Friday, January 22, 2010

In History: Roe v. Wade

This is the ninth post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

On Jan. 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in all 50 states in the country. The ruling was 7-2. The majority: Harry Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Chief Justice Warren Burger, William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis Powell and Potter Stewart. The dissent: William Rehnquist and Byron White.

Everyone knows the outcome of the case, but if you're interested in the actual decision, you can read the entire decision at this page.

If we had a bench of nine male justices today, would they even take on Roe v. Wade? Would they rule the same? I can't help but wonder, and be grateful to those seven justices in 1973 for taking a huge step forward toward women becoming first-class citizens in this country. We still have some work to do to get there.

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