Roe V Wade had a tremendous effect on the United States:
- It nullified many existing federal and state abortion laws
- It prompted national debate about what conditions an abortion should be allowed in
- It prompted national debate about who could decide the legality of abortion
- It prompted national debate about what methods the Supreme Court was able to use in constitutional adjudication
- It prompted national debate about the role or religion and moral views in politics.
There were several decisions and appeals but eventually McCorvey’s case was put before the United States Supreme Court, and the Texas abortion law was ruled unconstitutional by a 7-2 majority in 1973. The decision was made after the Supreme Court Justices ruled that the Constitution outlines a right to privacy, and that privacy should extend to the ability to procure a safe and legal abortion.