What is Roe v. Wade?
Explaining the Supreme Court’s landmark decision
The US Supreme Court’s widely anticipated decision Friday to uphold the Mississippi abortion law challenging Roe v. Wade marked the first time the high court addressed the constitutionality of first-trimester abortions since the landmark case made the procedure legal nationwide.
In the nearly five decades since the 1973 ruling, its basic principle was repeatedly affirmed and reaffirmed, even as the high court approved restrictions that include the 1976 “Hyde Amendment” against federal funding for most abortions and a 2003 ban on controversial “partial-birth” abortions.
Here is what you need to know about the landmark case.