Roe v. Wade 1971 Oral Argument

Attorneys presented oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark abortion case Roe. v. Wade. Sarah Weddington argued… read more

Attorneys presented oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark abortion case Roe. v. Wade. Sarah Weddington argued for Roe, the pseudonym for a Texas woman who sought to terminate her pregnancy . Texas Assistant Attorney General Jay Floyd argued on behalf of the government. 

The arguments were presented on audiotape with still images of the participants. 

This case was argued on December 13, 1971. The case was reargued on October 11, 1972 with Robert Flowers acting for the government. The case was decided on January 22, 1973 in a 7 to 2 vote. The Court ruled that a woman’s right to an abortion fell within the right to privacy protected by the 14th Amendment. The ruling gave a woman total autonomy over her pregnancy during the first trimester and defined different levels of state interest for the second and third trimesters. The laws of 46 states were affected by the ruling. close

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Program ID:
59719-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Judicial Proceeding
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Aug 20, 1994
Last Aired:
Jan 7, 2006

Airing Details

  • Aug 20, 1994 | 7:13pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 20, 1994 | 10:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 21, 1994 | 11:11am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 21, 1994 | 3:54pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 22, 1994 | 7:37am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 17, 1998 | 6:44pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 18, 1998 | 2:07am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 18, 1998 | 7:45am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 12, 2005 | 6:53pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 13, 2005 | 2:04am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 07, 2006 | 3:36pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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