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Article 1: Scope and Myths of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade By Oliver Wills published in the Practical Lawyer June 2006 and earlier in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry March 2006.


On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court struck down criminal abortion laws in the state of Texas, holding that the right to decide whether to have a child is a fundamental right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The 7-2 decision in Roe v. Wade would have an immediate and profound effect on the lives of American women. Before Roe, it is estimated that between 200,000 and 1.2 million illegally induced abortions occurred annually in the United States. As many as 5,000 to 10,000 women died per year following illegal abortions and many others suffered severe physical and psychological injury. Roe not only moved abortions out of the backalleys, but it also helped define the contours of the right to privacy, which protects individuals from unwarranted governmental interference in private affairs. In addition, this decision, and those that followed, recognized that the right to make childbearing choices is central to women's lives and their ability to participate fully and equally in society. Despite the significance of this decision, most people know little about Roe beyond the fact that it “legalized abortions.” ( Willard Cates 1976)In addition, by excerpting key portions of the majority opinion in this case, this article attempts to clear up some common misconceptions about what the case did or did not do. In the years since Roe v. Wade was decided, there have been cutbacks in the scope of its protection for women's right to choose abortion. Most significantly, the Supreme Court's 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey made two profound changes: it reduced the level of judicial scrutiny given to laws that restrict abortion and eliminated Roe's “trimester system,” which outlined the changing balance between a woman's right to choose abortion and the State's interest in regulating the process. Roe v. Wade and the Right to Privacy as pregnancy progresses. Nonetheless, Roe's continuing importance should not be dismissed. The High Court's decision in this case remains a touchstone for those working to secure women's reproductive rights, and should be understood by all those whose lives it has affected.

Article II: The Business Lawyer January 2008 Mike Sylvester Business Law & Popular Culture

This article analysed more from a technological aspect of this case Scott v. Harris, involved the termination of a high-speed chase that resulted in serious permanent injury to the fleeing driver (Harris), the Court should not have relied on such a visible fiction; it should have viewed the facts in the light depicted by the videotape. Although the fundamental functions of the devices remain the same, agencies must be aware of some significant differences between analog and digital video systems. Analog recording systems capture the images and sounds on a tape that is typically removed from the vehicle and simply stored on ...
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