Lucy Downing


The issue of abortion has been passionately debated in this country for many years. For decades, our legal system has recognized that legitimate interests in the subject lie with both women and the State.1 From the time the right of free choice was found to be granted by our Constitution in Roe v. Wade, however, the legal standard with which to assess these competing interests has been a source of debate and confusion.2 Abortion is undoubtedly an issue that implicates deeply rooted moral considerations for many people, but the United States Supreme Court has carefully undertaken the responsibility of formulating rules that insulate certain moral beliefs from legal analyses of abortion.

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