WST2 - Roe vs Wade is Supreme Court decision that...

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Roe vs Wade is Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to have an abortion without interference from the government during the first 12 weeks of gestation. The court’s 3 main concerns were 1) the constitutional right to privacy, 2)the right of the state to protect maternal health, and 3) the right of the state to protect developing life . Because these concerns seemed to contradict one another, the court divided pregnancy into 3 equal trimesters and assigned certain applicable laws to each. In the first trimester, women had the right to decide their future privately, without interference from the state, took precedence over the other two rights. In the second trimester, the state cannot deny an abortion, but it can insist on reasonable standards of medical procedure. In the 3 rd trimester, abortion may be performed to preserve the life or health of the mother. With this division of trimesters, the court was able to satisfy all their previous concerns. Roe is not in danger of being overturned because statistics show that
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2011 for the course WST 10 taught by Professor Bays during the Winter '10 term at UCLA.

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