Notable Items:

Petitioner: Jane Roe
Respondent: Henry Wade
Venue: Supreme Court of the United States
Opinion of the Court: Roe v. Wade (1962)

Issue(s) Before the Court:

Petitioner's Claim(s):

... appellant and some amici argue that the woman's right is absolute and that she is entitled to terminate her pregnancy at whatever time, in whatever way, and for whatever reason she alone chooses.

Respondent's Claim(s):

The appellee and certain amici argue that the fetus is a "person" within the language and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Holding(s) and Disposition:

Held: Texas statute invalidated by Overbreadth
Disposition: The judgment of the District Court as to intervenor Hallford is reversed, and Dr. Hallford's complaint in intervention is dismissed. In all other respects, the judgment of the District Court is affirmed. Costs are allowed to the appellee.
[District Court:] ... the Texas criminal abortion statutes were void on their face because they were both unconstitutionally vague and constituted an overbroad infringement of the plaintiffs' Ninth Amendment rights.

Material Facts:

Procedural History:


Blackmum Majority Opinion (Burger, Douglas, Brennan, Steward, Marshall, Powell)

Burger Concurrance (??)

Douglas Concurrance (??)

Stewart Concurrance (??)

?? Concurrance (??)

White dissent (Rehnquist)

Rehnquist dissent (alone)

Full Recounting of Facts

Majority Full Argument