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Great Debates in History: Roe v. Wade, how a case on abortion shaped our political landscape

On October 11, 1972, oral arguments began in what was to become one of the most important legal debates in the history of America. Jane Roe, a pregnant woman from Texas who wanted to obtain an abortion, brought the case alleging that it was unconstitutional for abortion to be illegal. While the case was decided in January of 1973, the arguments are continually brought up in legal cases, in the media, and by politicians, and are still extremely relevant in current election cycle debates.