Roe V. Wade & Texas: Thesis

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The ensuing demonstration of change in legal form is actually one of the best outlined examples of the way in which the evolving and almost living form of the legal and legislative system in the U.S. works. Each ensuing challenge must follow the line of the original legal stand of Roe to either further restrict or unequivocally uphold the Roe ruling. Yet, the ensuing change in political form is troubling for many, who see abortion legislation and platform development as a distraction to the varied and vast numbers of other issues that are essential to the governing of a local, region or even a nation. In the ensuing years there have been countless examples of "single issue" politicians running almost exclusively on the issue of abortion, and either the desire to completely overturn Roe or uphold it, without restriction. One ensuing example is the candidacy of Ellen McCormack, in 1976, who ran for president as a Pro-Life candidate (the most recent name given to the anti-abortion movement)

Although McCormack claimed not to be running a one-issue campaign, abortion was her main concern.
"The fetus is a human life," she stated. "The Constitution guarantees equality to each and every person and abortion gives one generation the power of life and death over succeeding generations." (Rubin, 1987, p. 99)

The concern being that an individual might feel so strongly about one issue (i.e. abortion) that he or she poorly represents what it means to represent and support a continuance, with clear and varied needs and concerns. Though this particular trend is troubling, most "single issue" candidates have very limited actual success, regardless of the nature of their single issue, and this is particularly true of presidential candidates, yet their voice does challenge the system and reinvigorate the rights conflicts associated with abortion.


Campbell, R. (2003). Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State. New York: Oxford University Press.

Conway, K.S., & Butler, M.R. (1992). State Abortion Legislation as a Public Good -- Before and After Roe V. Wade. Economic Inquiry, 30(4), 609-626.

Rubin, E.R. (1987). Abortion, Politics, and the Courts: Roe v. Wade and Its Aftermath. New York: Greenwood Press.

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