Definition of Roe v Wade noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Roe v Wade

BrE BrE//ˌrəʊ vɜːsəs ˈweɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌroʊ vɜːrsəs ˈweɪd//
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a legal case in the US Supreme Court that decided that abortion is allowed by the Constitution Culture The case was in 1973. The judges said that a state must allow any woman, if she wishes, to have an abortion within the first three months after she becomes pregnant. The decision divided US society and caused a lot of discussion all over the country.
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