Does the Constitution confer a right to have an abortion? In 1973, the Supreme Court addressed this question in the case of Roe v. Wade. It determined that the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause conferred the right to privacy, which encompassed the right to an abortion. Nearly fifty years later, the Court again addressed this question in the 2022 case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Next, students should read the “Background” and “Outcome” sections on Ballotpedia for a summary of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and then answer the questions below. Then they should read the excerpts from the opinions and answer the remaining questions.
“Background” and “Outcome” Questions
- What was the Gestational Age Act?
- How did the District Court and Court of Appeals rule?
- In a ______ vote, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of ______. In a ______ vote, the Supreme Court overruled _____.