Abortion - Probably no domestic issue has polarized the...

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Probably no domestic issue has polarized the nation more during the last 30 years than abortion. Intro in Readings; emphasis added
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Key Supreme Court Decisions Key Supreme Court Decisions Roe v. Wade (1973) Roe v. Wade (1973) A woman may abort her pregnancy for any reason up until the “point at which the fetus becomes viable What does viable mean? Def. by the Supreme Court as the potential “to live outside the mother’s womb.” In practice, viability is usually defined at 24-28 weeks (seven months) after conception. Grounds? Woman has a constitutional right to privacy . Effect? State and Federal restrictions on abortion were disallowed . Abortion is a fundamental right under the Constitution. •9 th Amendment – right of privacy : “certain rights” enumerated in the Constitution should be “retained by the people” 14 th Amendment – “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty , or property”
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Webster v. Reproductive Services (1989) Webster v. Reproductive Services (1989) The Supreme Court imposed restrictions on the use of state funds, employees/personnel, and facilities in performing and counseling on abortions Prohibiting the use of public employees, facilities, etc., for performing abortions was not unconstitutional The state could allocate resources IN FAVOR OF , for example, childbirth over abortion Testing for viability after the second trimester (20 weeks gestation)
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