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Roe v. Wade is the 1973 Supreme Court decision which legalised confirmed the right to abortion in the United States of America, and declared State laws which unduly restricted that right to be unconstitutional.[1]

In the Roe v. Wade case, The Supreme Court appeared to be expanding recognition of privacy rights recognized in Griswold v. Connecticut.[2] As in Griswold, the Court wasn't clear in the specific Amendment protecting the right to privacy (it underlays many of our fundamental rights). The Court didn't seem to limit the right to privacy as a marital right, as they had in Griswold, but they didn't decide an unrestricted personal right either. It should be noted that the Court hearing these cases was composed of exclusively males, and their decisions can seem very paternalistic to a modern audience.

Roe v. Wade, and women's individual rights continue to annoy right-wing authoritarians and misogynists to this day and opposition to it remains a glorious example of Conservative hypocrisy. Many of those who campaign against the big state and for an America where tens of thousands die every year because of lax gun laws, want a state so powerful and intrusive in people's lives that the State can decide whether a woman should continue with a pregnancy - not the woman concerned.

When Conservatives talk about a right to life they don't mean a North European style welfare state with low murder rates, a proper healthcare system, and high life expectancy, they really do mean an authoritarian intrusive state so powerful it can force a woman to have a baby against her will.

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