Today marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark decision Roe v. Wade. On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extends to a woman’s decision to have an abortion. The decision limited state and federal restrictions on abortion. It’s a topic that has been heavily debated both in and out of the high court since then.
In 1992, the Supreme Court revisited the Roe v. Wade decision when it took up Planned Parenthood v. Casey in a case to determine the constitutionality of several Pennsylvanian restrictions on abortion. On June 29 of that year, the Supreme Court released their decision upholding Roe v. Wade and adopting a rule of “undue burden” to regulate the constitutionality of regulations.
That day, the PBS NewsHour, then The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, dedicated the entire show to the court’s decision, the country’s reaction and the future of the debate around abortion.
Watch an excerpt of a discussion led by Judy Woodruff between Kate Michelman of the National Abortion Rights Action League and Susan Smith of the National Right to Life Committee.
Related: History of the Abortion Debate