The American Pageant (12th Edition)

Chapter 40 – Page 966

Our Critique

966 “And in the landmark case of Roe v. Wade (1973), the Court struck down laws prohibiting abortion, arguing that a woman’s decision to terminate a pregnancy was protected by the constitutional right of privacy.”

As we have seen earlier, there is no stated “right to privacy” in the Constitution. And even if there were, the question would have to be “Does the right to privacy supersede the right of the child to have life?” When you have conflicting rights, the most balanced, and honest, approach is to present both points of view. The textbook chooses to present only one point of view, the view of the woman wanting an abortion.