. <i>Roe</i> v. <i>Wade</i> (1973) and the Law of Abortion

George Anastaplo

in Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125336
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135243 | DOI:
. Roe v. Wade (1973) and the Law of Abortion

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This chapter examines two abortion-related cases, one from Texas and the other from Georgia, which were decided on January 22, 1973, by the United States Supreme Court. It states that the rulings of the Court that day seemed to mean, in effect, that no State could ever again prohibit most of the abortions that women in this country were likely to consider having. It provides that the Opinion of the Court in the Georgia case, Doe v. Bolton, recognized that the State statute under consideration permitted more abortions than did the Texas statute (which permitted only “an abortion procured or attempted by medical advice for the purpose of saving the life of the mother”).

Keywords: abortion; Texas; Georgia; United States Supreme Court; State statute; medical advice; Roe v. Wade; Doe v. Bolton

Chapter.  2613 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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