... 1973 (35 years ago today), by a vote of 7 to 2, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Roe v. Wade that the Constitution forbids criminal punishment of any woman who seeks to terminate an early pregnancy, and established a framework for regulation of abortions in later stages of pregnancy. The New York Times wrote then:
In a historic resolution of a fiercely controversial issue, the Court drafted a new set of national guidelines that will result in broadly liberalized anti-abortion laws in 46 states but will not abolish restrictions altogether.
As we've posted, in succeeding judgments the Court has cut back on the ruling in this case, argued for petitioner by a 26-year-old attorney, Sarah Weddington (above).
... 1962, U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.) was born in Chicago.