By Bailey Miller, Linda Williams, Kenneth Wong | Fox 10 Phoenix
PHOENIX – A U.S. Supreme Court ruling released on June 24, 2022 has overturned a landmark ruling in the 1970s that paved the way for legalized abortions, in certain cases, across the country.
News of the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade came just over a month after the leaking of a draft opinion that shows a desire by the justices to overturn Roe, along with a 1992 ruling called Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Here’s what you should know about the now-overturned Roe v. Wade ruling.
What is Roe v. Wade?
According to Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute, the case that led to the Roe v. Wade ruling involved a pregnant single woman, named then only as Jane Roe, who brought a class-action lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of criminal abortion laws in Texas.
The woman, subsequently identified as Norma McCorvey, died in 2017.
According to an Associated Press article published at the time of her death, McCorvey was 22 when she sought to have an abortion in Texas in 1969. At the time, McCorvey was on her third pregnancy. She was also unmarried and unemployed at the time.
“Neither of those statute goes into effect right away, because the Supreme Court decision that came down today doesn’t go into effect for 25 days,” said Rose Law Group litigator Andrew Turk.