Roe v. Wade is among the most well-known Supreme Court cases because it affirmed the
reproductive rights of women in the U.S. The right of women to obtain
pregnancy terminations has long been a controversial subject. Because of this, it is important
for every woman, currently pregnant or not, to understand her right to
have a pregnancy termination performed in a safe, legal manner by a gynecologist.
In 1971, Norma McCorvey filed a case against the District Attorney of Dallas
County, Henry Wade. In the court documents, McCorvey was identified as
“Jane Roe.” At the time, Texas prohibited abortions except
in cases where it was necessary to save the patient’s life. To fully
understand this issue, it’s helpful to go back further in time.
Abortion was legal in the U.S. at the country’s founding. It only
became a subject of legal restrictions in the mid-1800s. But many states
began reforming these restrictive laws and by the 1960s, pregnancy termination
was more widely accessible in 17 states. Yet, countless women still did
not have access to safe, legal pregnancy termination services—because
of both financial and legal restrictions. Low-income, minority women were
According to the Guttmacher Institute, abortion was the official cause of death for 2,700 women in 1930 because
of the lack of healthcare accessibility.
Supreme Court Ruling
In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment’s
guarantee of personal liberty and privacy extended to a woman’s
right to decide whether to bear a child.
Roe v. Wade has undoubtedly helped to save the lives of countless women who otherwise
would have tried dangerous methods to end pregnancies.
Each state establishes its own pregnancy termination regulations. Some,
for example, require the consent of a parent if the patient is legally
a minor. Washington, D.C. does not have restrictive abortion laws. As
of January 2017, the only restriction in the District of Columbia is a
prohibition on public funding of abortions. However, public funding is
still available in cases of rape, incest, and life endangerment of the mother.
The gynecology team at Washington Surgi-Clinic firmly believes that every
woman should have access to high-quality healthcare delivered by
compassionate providers. We provide nonsurgical and surgical pregnancy terminations in Washington,
D.C. Call (202) 659-9403 to request a confidential appointment to discuss
a first or second trimester abortion.