Compare and contrast the Supreme Courts decisions and reasoning in, respectively, Roe v. Wade (1973), Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) and Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health Organization (2022). Present an argument about how the Courts constitutional analysis in these cases sustains or undermines the legitimacy of the Supreme Court in the eyes of the American public.

Question:

Compare and contrast the Supreme Courts decisions and reasoning in, respectively, Roe v. Wade (1973), Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) and Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health Organization (2022). Present an argument about how the Courts constitutional analysis in these cases sustains or undermines the legitimacy of the Supreme Court in the eyes of the American public.
In presenting that argument, be sure to:
Identify the holding of each case
Evaluate the strength and weaknesses of the rationale of the majority opinions
Assess the main point of at least one dissenting opinion for each case

Directions: Essay #2 should be approximately 4-5 pages in length, double-spaced, with a 12-point font and one-inch margins all around. This is a writing assignment. It may be completed by using only the readings assigned for this class. However, you are free to consult any outside sources that you would like. If you choose to employ outside sources, all such sources consulted, used, or quoted must be cited fully in some fashion. All written work must be your own.

Suggestions:

The assignment calls for a detailed, critical review of each case focused on the Courts reasoning and an overall, sustained argument about the effect of these cases on the Courts legitimacy in the eyes of the American public. It would be helpful to develop a thesis statement and to set it forth at or near the beginning or your essay. The thesis statement provides the reader with the basic point or position you will take and defend in your paper. The form of this statement can be simple and direct (In this essay, I will argue that…), or you might be more imaginative about how you present your basic argument. But, by the end of the first paragraph, the reader should have a clear idea of what your argument will be.

Good writing counts: (a) use the active voice; (b) proofread and spell check for mistakes; (c) remember that good writing is re-writing; and (d) above all, be clear.