By Wendy Lanier
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Women who ask questions Female patient advocates answer questions by phone at an abortion provider in 1994. 49 50 Abortion about the appearance of the fetus or how much discomfort they can expect may be given incomplete or false information. Sometimes this is an effort to spare the woman’s feelings. In some cases, however, it is done to ensure the woman will go through with the abortion. During the thirty-five-plus years abortion has been legal, a number of studies have been done in an effort to determine what, if any, long-term conditions may occur as a result of abortion.
Wade Pro-life advocates believe the 1973 Roe v. Wade (and Doe v. Bolton) should be overturned. They cite the language of the Constitution itself, and the Fourteenth Amendment in particular, as the basis for protecting the life of the unborn. They believe the framers of the Constitution had the unborn in mind when they declared their intent to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity” in the preamble. They believe these words identify the unborn as worthy of the same right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as any other American.
The legislation is upheld by the Supreme Court in 1980 but amended by Congress in 1994 to allow Medicaid to pay for abortions in cases of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother. 1981: In Bellotti v. Baird, the Supreme Court rules that pregnant minors can petition a court for permission to have an abortion without parental notification. 1992: In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Court reaffirms Roe’s core, holding that states may not ban abortions or interfere with a woman’s decision to have an abortion.
Abortion by Wendy Lanier