In Roe v. Wade, the United States Supreme Court held that women have a constitutional right to choose to have an abortion. Yet, since shortly after Roe, women have often found themselves unable to exercise that right because of forcible and violent interference by abortion opponents. In March 1998, the National Organization for Women (NOW) and two women’s health clinics that provide abortions went to trial in NOW v. Scheidler to ensure that the constitutional right recognized twenty-five years earlier would exist not just in theory, but in reality. After a seven-week...
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