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Roe vs. Wade: What It Really Did In Legalizing Abortion

The sweeping 1973 Supreme Court decisions, Roe vs. Wade and its companion case Doe vs. Bolton (handed down by a 7-2 court ruling), declared the abortion laws in all 50 states unconstitutional.  The court declared a right to abortion throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy for any reason, including personal convenience, economics, or lifestyle.

The 1973 Roe decision said that states might prohibit abortions after viability "except where it is necessary, in appropriate medical judgment, for the preservation of the life or health of the patient."

However, the decision is read along with its companion case, Doe vs. Bolton, that was handed down the same day as Roe vs. Wade.  In Doe, the court explicitly defined "health" as follows:

 "...The medical judgment may be exercised in the light of all factors—physical, emotional,     psychological, familial, and the woman's age—relevant to the well being of the patient.  All these factors may relate to health.  This allows the attending physician the room he needs to make his best medical judgment."

 Essentially, Doe allows the abortionist to make the final decision based on an unlimited, broad definition of "health", even in the last three months of pregnancy.

Thirty-five years of legalized abortion have destroyed over 47 million babies in the United States.  Let's stop the killing.

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