Constitutional Rights: Guideline on Abortion

By throwing out the conviction of a Beverly Hills physician last week, the California Supreme Court provided new hope to those who oppose antiabortion laws across the nation. By a 4-to-3 margin, the influential court declared invalid a law that for more than 100 years made it a crime to perform an abortion on a woman except when "necessary to preserve her life." The majority ruled that the law was both too vague and an improper encroachment on women's fundamental right to choose whether or not to bear children.

Actually, the law had been repealed two years ago. But Dr....

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