Though it is not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, the concept of a fundamental right to privacy played a key role in the arguments in Roe v. Wade. How did the Supreme Court advance from the right to privacy to the right to abortion? Six law professors explore the legal foundations for Roe v. Wade.

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Part Three premieres Wednesday, October 30, 2019. 

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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

Prof. 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:

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

C-SPAN: “Landmark Cases: Roe v. Wade

The Federalist Society Blog: “‘Uncommonly Silly’—and Correctly Decided: The Right and Wrong of Griswold v. Connecticut and Why It Matters Today”

National Review: “Death by Privacy”

Willamette Law Review: “In Defense of Griswold v. Connecticut: Privacy, Originalism, and the Iceberg Theory of Omission”

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

Notre Dame Law Review: “Griswold v. Connecticut: The Justices and Connecticut’s Uncommonly Silly Law”

Arcane Knowledge: “Legal Issues of Roe v. Wade