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S. 490). This ruling was the first case in which a majority of the justices generally opposed abortion, and it revealed the court’s willingness to adopt a more lenient attitude toward state limitations on abortions. Writing for the 5-4 majority, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist (1924–2005), who was joined by Justices Byron R. ’’ The court observed that Roe v. Wade ‘‘implies no limitation on a State’s authority to make a value judgment favoring childbirth over abortion. . ’’ The court chose not to rule on the constitutionality of the law’s preamble because it considered the preamble to be merely an abstract proposition.

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Wade decision to be government-sanctioned mass killing of the unborn. Following the landmark decision, antiabortion activists supported constitutional amendments to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling, but none were passed. A constitutional amendment requires two-thirds approval of each house of Congress and ratification by three-quarters of the state legislatures. Since then, antiabortion groups have attempted to limit aspects of the Roe v. Wade decision, not only by influencing the appointment of lower-court and Supreme Court judges but also by restricting the rights to abortion conferred by the Roe v.

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