Roe v Wade pt 1

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Roe v Wade pt 1 - ~ ~ I Court rules doctor to be sole judge on...
~ ~ I Court rules doctor to be sole judge on abortions WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Supreme Court ruled today that a woman's doctor shall be the sole judge of whether to perform perform an abortion during the first three months of pregnancy. pregnancy. The decision could force almost every state' to liberalize its laws on abortions. The Court in striking down Texas and Georgia laws as unconstitutional did not completely completely prohibit state abortion statutes. Instead, the majority opinion by Justice Harry A. Blackmun set up a three-stage guideline which would: —Make the doctor the sole decision maker during the first trimester (roughly three months) of pregnancy. —Permit a state after that to establish regulatory procedures "that are reasonably related to maternal health." —After the "viability" stage of an unborn baby's existence (between six and seven months), allow a state actually to prohibit abortion "except where is is necessary in appropriate appropriate medical judgment for the preservation of the life or health of the mother." Blackmun noted that most medical authorities define viability viability as when a fetus begins to move, kick or show other major signs of activity, usually occurring occurring in the 28th week of pregnancy but possibly as early as the 24th. The Texas statute was more restrictive than that of Georgia. It made it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion unless the woman's life was at stake. Twenty-nine other states have such laws on their books. Georgia specified that abortions abortions could be obtained for three limited reasons: danger to the life or serious impairment impairment of the health of the woman, the possibility of mental or major physical defect- in the infant and for pregnancies as the result of rape. The state also set forth a series of procedures needed to conduct an abortion. Fifteen other states have similar restrictions in varying degree. Whether they are constitutional depends on their exact wording. There was no immediate indication here of the full scope of the ruling. Justices Byron R. White and William H. Rehnquist dissented (Continued on Page 2)

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  1. Redlands Daily Facts,
  2. 22 Jan 1973, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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