Choice : In The Courts

 NARAL Pro-Choice Washington


Historically, our federal court system has played an important role in protecting citizens’ civil rights. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme court guaranteed women the right to choose an abortion in the landmark case Roe v. Wade. Since then, the court has upheld the core principles outlined in Roe v. Wade, but has agreed to hear cases brought forth by lower courts that are efforts to restrict access to abortion. With a bare 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court in support of Roe v. Wade, it is more important than ever that we protect the independence and objectivity of our courts.

Below you can learn more about attempts to chip away at a woman’s right to choose. Most recently,the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold Bush’s Abortion Ban Act of 2003. This ruling prevents doctors from performing an abortion procedure that is often necessary to protect the health of the woman. This decision allows the state to intervene in a medical decision that should be left between doctors and patients.