What is Roe v. Wade

The case is sometimes referred to simply as “Roe”, the listed name of the 22-year-old plaintiff, Norma McCorvey.

‘Wade’ was the defendant Henry Wade, the Dallas County (Texas) district attorney at the time.

Roe struck down laws that made abortion illegal in several states, and ruled that abortion would be allowed up to the point of foetal viability

Foetal viability was around 28 weeks (7 months) at the time of the Roe judgment

Experts now agree that advances in medicine have brought the threshold down to 23 or 24 weeks (6 months or a little less).

In the draft opinion obtained by Politico, Alito has rejected Roe as “egregiously wrong from the start”, and held that both Roe and ‘Casey

another landmark abortion judgment of the court from 1992 that reaffirmed the central tenet of Roe

women have the right to terminate pregnancies up to the point of foetal viability — “must be overruled”.

It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives”.

“The inescapable conclusion is that a right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the Nation’s history and traditions,” Alito has written.