Roe v. Wade is set to come back to the Supreme Court this term, and as of now, five justices — including new appointee Brett Kavanaugh — are on record as wanting to see the landmark abortion case gutted. The court is facing a major test, and its ruling will inevitably shape reproductive rights in the United States for generations to come.
The national debate over whether abortion should be protected has divided families, communities and senators, and opinions have grown increasingly polarized in recent months. As the debate on the abortion issue has intensified, more people are becoming knowledgeable about the case and becoming interested in following along.
As the court is set to rule once again, the American public is learning more about the arcane, fiercely debated jurisprudence of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that established a woman’s right to abortion in all 50 states.
In this short video, correspondent Mark Thompson explains the history of the Supreme Court case, and how it could come to a different conclusion in the future.