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Bell Ringer: Landmark Cases: Roe v. Wade - The First Conference


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Clarke Forsythe and Melissa Murray talked about the first conference following the oral arguments and the decision to rehear the case. (4 mins)


  • Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel, Americans United for Life
  • Melissa Murray, Professor, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law


  • Statutes
  • Constitutionality
  • Consensus
  • Justiciability
  • Dissent
  • Manipulation

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Explain the frustration that developed among the Justices during the first conference following the hearing of Roe v. Wade.
  • Why did the case end up being reargued? Describe the reactions of the Justices to it being reargued.