The United States Supreme Court is has been called “the Highest Court in the United States.” This is because the court can make decisions that are called “Landmark Decisions,” that can influence policies, set guidelines, or set laws in place for years to come. Yet the Supreme Court is not a “law making body.” Laws are made by legislatures, such as the United States Congress or state legislatures.
Legislatures write laws, but courts can interpret what laws judges may deem “unconstitutional,” or may present a “undue burden” to certain constituencies in the community.
The example of the landmark case “Roe vs Wade” is one of the most cited cases in US History on both sides of the argument about the question of when life begins, or who has the right to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy, or whether this not a right at all. This question may never be settled.