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⚖️ Review of Judicial Re️view ⚖️

Judicial Review is the power of the Supreme Court to decide if a law from another branch of government or lower court is constitutional. This power works to keep all the branches of government equal and balanced. 

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Here are a few examples of how Judicial Review has been used: 

🙋‍♀️ Roe v. Wade (1973)🙋‍♀️  

  • Supreme Court ruled that state laws prohibiting abortion are unconstitutional. 
  • Stated that women's right to privacy to have abortions is protected under the 14th amendment. 
  • Broadened the Supreme Court's jurisdiction in the eyes of the American people by now covering women's reproductive rights. 
  • Is in controversy in today's society as well. 

❤️ Loving v. Virginia (1967) ❤️ 

  • Ruled that state laws prohibiting interracial marriage was unconstitutional.  
  • Was based upon the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. 

💰Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)💰

  • Ruled that laws restricting spending by corporations on federal election advertising is unconstitutional. 
  • Backed up by the First Amendment.
  • Explained that corporate funding of political advertisements in candidate elections cannot be limited.
  • Still very controversial ruling today. 

 🏳️‍🌈Obergefell v. Hodges (2015)  🏳️‍🌈

  • Ruled that state laws banning same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. 
  • Held that the Due Process of Law clause of the 14th Amendment protects the right to marriage.
  • Devalued the argument made that the 1st Amendment protects rights of religious organizations, it does not allow states to deny rights to a same-sex couple. 
  • Still highly controversial today. 

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