Roe v Wade: the law of abortion through the ages

With growing pressure in the US for changes to the law on abortion, this blog looks at the current US law and how it got there.

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Clarence Gideon

Having been charged in 1961 with the felony offence (which in the US means a crime that attracts a sentence of more than a year imprisonment or death) of breaking and entering a pool hall with intent to commit larceny in Panama City, Florida, Clarence Gideon appeared in court for trial and duly asked the…