A woman physician views elective abortion.


In 1973, the United States Supreme Court, in a landmark decision, ruled that the 50 states could not regulate abortion up to 24-28 weeks' gestation, except as necessary to insure the safety of the woman, and severely limited state legislation of abortion after 28 weeks by a broad interpretation of the "health" restriction. This article will explore (1) the history of abortion prior to 1973, (2) the scope of the Court decision, (3) abortion from the perspective of medical ethics, and (4) the sequelae of permissive abortion 16 years after Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.

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@article{Gerster1989AWP, title={A woman physician views elective abortion.}, author={C F Gerster}, journal={Health matrix}, year={1989}, volume={7 2}, pages={3-8} }