Roe v. Wade (1973)

The Burger Court, 1973

How CBS News covered the decision.

This clip from 1973 announced the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Watch the clip and answer the questions that follow.



1. Before the decision, what was the legal status of abortion?

2. How did the Court alter the law with this ruling?

3. Could states regulate on abortion at all after this decision? If so, how? If not, why?