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Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.

Roe v. Wade
Roe v. Wade

Decided January 22, 1973

410 U.S. 113

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/410/113.html

Decision

A woman's right to an abortion is part of her constitutionally protected right of privacy under the Fourteenth Amendment, although the right is not absolute. Before the end of the first trimester, the decision to abort must be left to the pregnant woman and her physician. During the second trimester, the state may regulate abortion “in ways that are reasonably related to maternal health.” Once the fetus is viable, government may restrict or even prohibit abortion, except to preserve the life or health of the mother.

Background

The question of abortion—whether and when a woman has the right to end a pregnancy—is one of the most divisive issues ever to come before the Supreme Court. It tests ...

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