Maya change in the U.S. Supreme Court move our nation closer to the day when every
human being is protected in law and welcomed in life.
Our Father..., Hail Mary..., Glory Be...
Offer a sacrifice for the intention.(Ideas for fasting.)
Roe and Doe legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.
people don't realize that Roe v. Wade
legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. Roe says abortions may not be restricted at all during the first three
months and in the second three months may be regulated only for the mother's
health.1 After "viability"2 Roe allows abortion to be prohibited but must make an exception for the woman's life or health.3
But in Roe's companion case, Doe v. Bolton, the Court defined "health" to include "all
factors—physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's
age—relevant to the well-being" of the mother.4 In most
states, that is broad enough to permit virtually any abortion in the seventh,
eighth, or ninth months of pregnancy5 if any of these reasons is invoked.6
1 In the first
trimester, "the abortion decision ... must be left to the medical judgment of
the pregnant woman's attending physician."
In the second trimester, the State may "regulate the abortion procedure
in ways that are reasonably related to maternal health." Roe v.
Wade, 410 U.S. 113, 164 (1973).
2 "[T]hat is,
potentially able to live outside the mother's womb, albeit with artificial
aid." Roe, 410 U.S., at 160.
3 After viability,
the State may "proscribe" abortion "except where it is necessary, in appropriate
medical judgment, for the preservation of the life or health of the mother." Roe, 410 U.S., at 164-65.
4Doe v. Bolton, 410 U.S. 179, 192
(1973). The "Doe v. Bolton ... opinion and this one, of course, are to be read
together." Roe, 410 U.S., at 165.
5 In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Court
abandoned the trimester framework but reaffirmed the legality of abortion
"subsequent to viability" for the "preservation of the ... health of the
mother." 505 U.S. 833, 879 (1992).
6 The Supreme Court, however, has yet to be
confronted with a challenge to a post-viability ban that will test Doe's breadth. Indeed, 20 states
currently ban late-term abortions subject to a narrow exception for the
mother's life or physical health (not for emotional, psychological, familial,
or age-related reasons). Most of these laws have gone unchallenged, but
they are hard to enforce even if they are constitutionally permissible.