Abortion Texas History

Texas History:

In March 1970, a suit was filed in Dallas on behalf of plaintiff Jane Roe and all other women “who were or might become pregnant and want to consider all options.”

At the time, in Texas, abortions were prohibited except to save the pregnant woman’s life. But, on June 17, 1970 the three-judge federal panel struck down the Texas abortion statute.


Henry Wade, a Dallas district attorney who defended the Texas law and the state attorney general appealed, leading, eventually, to the Supreme Court ruling: Roe v. Wade.


On January 22, 1973 the Supreme Court issued the infamous Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion on demand in America.

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