As one of the most consequential decisions in the history of the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade articulated the right to abortion as a fundamental right. Though it is not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, the concept of a fundamental right to privacy played a key role in the arguments. Where did this landmark case originate, why was the opinion framed the way it was, and how did the Supreme Court advance from the right to privacy to the right to abortion?

In this documentary, six law professors discuss how and why Roe v. Wade made it to the Supreme Court, the legal foundations for the case, and its impact on the American legal system.

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Prof. Helen M. Alvare, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University

Prof. David E. Bernstein, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University

Prof. Robert P. George, Princeton University

Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School

Prof. Kimberly Mutcherson, Rutgers Law School

Prof. Teresa Stanton Collett, University of St. Thomas School of Law

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Related Links & Differing Views:

Watch Roe v. Wade: The Power of a Law Review:

Watch Roe v. Wade: Abortion in New York:

Constitution Daily: “On this day, the Roe v. Wade Decision”

C-SPAN: “Landmark Cases: Roe v. Wade

Harvard Law Review: “Roe v. Wade: Past, Present, and Future:

UC Davis Law Review: “The So-Called Right to Privacy”

Yale Law Journal: “The Wages of Crying Wolf: A Comment on Roe v. Wade

Michigan Law Review: “Rewriting Roe v. Wade

Arcane Knowledge: “Legal Issues of Roe v. Wade