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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Roe v Wade Case (US)

United States [us]

Merle H Weiner

Abortion — Right to life — Right to privacy — Social rights — Group rights — Individual rights — Women

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. Roe v Wade is a landmark case in US constitutional law. The case both established abortion as a federal constitutional right and reflected a methodology that was, and still is, controversial. While the Supreme Court of the United States has refined the constitutional law governing abortion since deciding Roe v Wade , the case still has a strong influence in US law (see also reproductive rights ; rights of women ). 2. The case has interested many comparatists. Considerable attention has been paid to parallel German and US developments with their different...
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