The constitutional right to abortion

J Med Assoc Ga. 1990 Jan;79(1):53-5.


PIP: The fundamental issues of abortion according to Georgia state law are contained in this article. It puts forward questions of importance to health care professionals in the state of Georgia. It also provides answers to these questions in the context of future changes that would affect a woman's right to get an abortion. It shows how a woman has a constitutional right to an abortion if she wants one. It discusses the effects of the resent Webster decision on Roe v. Wade. It argues that Webster does not overrule Roe v. Wade, but that it clarifies 3 points of law concerning abortion. Whether or not Roe v. Wade is overturned will depend on the outcome of 3 cases currently before the Court. Currently the state of Georgia does not prohibit abortion if it is performed by a duly licensed physician, "bases upon his best clinical judgement that an abortion is necessary". Under a strict interpretation of Row v. Wade this law would be rules unconstitutional. Although in light of Webster it might stand. The author's final conclusion is to wait and see hoe the 3 cases mentioned above are decided before making further judgments.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Legal*
  • Female
  • Georgia
  • Humans
  • Jurisprudence*
  • Pregnancy
  • United States