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President of Planned Parenthood and Jane

January 22, 1998

On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in RoeV. Wade, a challenge to a Texas statute that made it a crime to perform anabortion unless a woman’s life was at stake. The case had been filed by"Jane Roe", an unmarried woman who wanted to safely and legally end herpregnancy. Siding with Roe, the Court struck down the Texas law. In itsruling, the Court recognized for the first time that the constitutionalright to privacy "is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whetheror not to terminate her pregnancy."


  • Gloria Feldt, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
  • Laura Kaplan, Jane member and author of ??The Story of Jane, the LegendaryUnderground Feminist Abortion Service.
  • Alice Fox, Jane member.