Blackmun's Corruption: The Legalization Of Abortion

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Which this was a very powerful statement to everyone, as murder is a crime that can be punishable by death. After hearing all of the arguments the Judges determined that the issue was so complex that there would need to be more time to think of the issue, so the further hearings were moved back to October. In October the judges dismissed and said they would have their decision in January. On Monday January 22, 1973 the decision was made (32).

Supreme Court Judge, Justice Blackmun stepped forward to read the decision, ”A state criminal abortion statue of the current Texas type… is violative of… the

14th amendment.”
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This was a huge deal because the Supreme courts did not undercut the state courts often, since it did happen though many state judges were angered. The result of this case also cause a domino effect of having to make laws about the specifics of abortion. Like during the first trimester it was the woman 's choice to do what with the fetus (32). But once the pregnancy reached the second trimester an abortion could only be performed to save the mother 's life (34). This is mostly because at this stage in the pregnancy the mother has had sufficient time to think about her decision, and also it is more difficult to perform the operation as the baby has now further developed body parts and grown much …show more content…
Some people even tried to fight back against the legalization of abortion, by sending many Human Life amendments sent to congress to attempt illegalizing abortion once again. But none of the of the proposed amendments were passed (34). This affected so many people personally on how they felt about the issue. The bill called Right to Consequence was therefore passed to protect Doctors and Nurses from being forced to perform abortions (34). You would ask why a Doctor or nurse would not like to perform an abortion, most of the times it was against their religious beliefs. Or some people just thought that abortion was a sick thing to do. In 1976, it was also determined that the women does not need permission from their husband (34). Also if the women was under eighteen she did not need the approval for an abortion from her parents (34). Which up until this point in order for minors to have an abortion, parental consent would first be needed. The main reason for minors not being able to make the decision about the abortion, was because they were not believed to have the high enough maturity level for a decision that determined a life. Felicia Lowenstein complicates matters further when she writes, that the government know does not have to pay for abortions (34). These are some of the many outcomes of legalization of

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