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Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution$
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George Anastaplo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125336

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125336.001.0001

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. Roe v. Wade (1973) and the Law of Abortion

. Roe v. Wade (1973) and the Law of Abortion

(p.122) 4. Roe v. Wade (1973) and the Law of Abortion
Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

George Anastaplo

University Press of Kentucky

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

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