Episode 1: Roe v. Wade

Norma McCorvey, aka "Jane Roe."

The Fourteenth Amendment ensures that every person in the United States is entitled to due process of law. But what does "due process" mean? Does it mean that the government has no power to stop a woman from having an abortion? And who even qualifies as a "person" in the first place? Are we entitled to due process even before we're born?

Roe v. Wade was about far more than just abortion. To reach such a landmark decision, the Supreme Court had to explore the deep and complicated nuances of what it means to be a person, to have liberty, and to be entitled to due process of law. The Constitution can be a vague and tricky thing, and defining its limits is no easy task.

Question: Does the Fourteenth Amendment embrace a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy by abortion?

Answer: Yes


  • Harry Blackmun (majority opinion)
  • Warren Burger (w/ concurring opinion)
  • William Douglas (w/ concurring opinion)
  • William Brennan
  • Potter Stewart (w/ concurring opinion)
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Lewis Powell


  • Byron White (w/ opinion)
  • William Rehnquist (w/ opinion)