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Wests Supreme Court Report. 1989 Jul 3;109:3040-85.

Webster v. Reproductive Health Services.

Abstract

KIE:

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed on appeal a 1988 U.S. Court of Appeals ruling striking down several provisions of Missouri's abortion statute on the grounds that they violated the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade and subsequent cases. The Court addressed four sections of Missouri's law: (1) the preamble, setting forth findings by the state legislature that human life begins at conception and that unborn children have protectable interests; (2) the prohibition on the use of public facilities or employees to perform abortions; (3) the prohibition on public funding of abortion counseling; and (4) the requirement that physicians conduct fetal viability tests before performing abortions. Concurring opinions were filed by Justices O'Connor and Scalia; an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part was filed by Justices Blackmun, Brennan, and Marshall; and an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part was filed by Justice Stevens.

PMID:
12041289
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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