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Abortion

U.S. Supreme Court Case: (1973) Roe vs. Wade

Even today this decision is a national debate and still is a right to women to her privacy and her right to choose an abortion or to choose life.

This landmark case was about privacy rights and abortion in America. The decision stated that the abortion laws violated the constitutional right to privacy contained in the Fourteenth Amendment.

The decision is for the women’s choice to choose if they want to abort their fetus. The abortion is permissible until the fetus can sustain life on it’s own around the 27th week of growth.

Roe V. Wade decision is a vital preservation for women's rights, equality, freedom, and privacy. 410 U.S. 113


Civil Rights Movement

U.S. Supreme Court Case: (1954) Brown vs. Board of Education - Topeka Kansas

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren made unanimous ruling that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional and violated the 14th amendment. These state public school sanctions for equality were unfair. (Plessy v. Ferguson “Separate but equal” 60 years earlier) This was a major expansion of the civil rights movement during the 1950’s.

 


Women’s Rights

U.S. Supreme Court Case: (1974) Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines - Minnesota

The first class action sexual harassment lawsuit. This case is about a woman’s right and to be equal in the work place without the harsh environment of sexual and gender harassment. After this case decision, affirmative action was enforced to the steel industry to have 20 % of their workforce to be minorities. This action was to change society views of men that woman only belong home taking care of the children.



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