Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

What impact did Webster make on history?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 492 U.S. 490 (1989), upheld provisions of a Missouri statute that restricted access to abortions, but declined to rule on whether the statute's declaration that human life begins at conception was constitutional. Webster involved a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), which held that women have a constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy. Roe decreed a trimester approach: as a woman's pregnancy progresses, the woman's right to obtain an abortion decreases, and the state's right to regulate abortion to protect the mother's health and the unborn child's potential life increases.

    Sixteen years after Roe, the Supreme Court in Webster considered the constitutionality of a Missouri statutory prohibition on the use of public facilities or employees to carry out or assist in abortions unless it was necessary to save the mother's life. The statute's preamble stated that "the life of each human being begins at conception" and "unborn children have protectable interests in life, health, and well-being"; and the statute required that doctors ascertain the viability of an unborn child before performing an abortion

  • 1 decade ago


    - supported federal gov't

    - argued that the US is a nation, not a union of states

    - Hayne-Webster debate

    hope this helps =)

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