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NCJ Number: 120712 Find in a Library
Title: Recent and Pending US Supreme Court Action on Abortion
Author(s): R Sweet; L Rose
Corporate Author: Wisconsin Legislative Council
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 27
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Type: Legislation/Policy Description
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes the July 3, 1989 US Supreme Court decision on abortion in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services and related Wisconsin statutes.
Abstract: In Webster, five health care professionals challenged the constitutionality of several provisions of a Missouri law regulating abortion. The US Supreme Court's decision to uphold the provisions has no effect on Wisconsin's abortion statutes. Under Wisconsin law, a woman who obtains an abortion is exempt from prosecution. Any person other than the mother who intentionally destroys the life of an unborn child may be fined not more than $5,000, imprisoned not more than three years, or both; or who intentionally destroys the life of an unborn quick child or in so doing causes the death of the mother may be imprisoned not more than 15 years; unless it is a therapeutic abortion performed by a physician or the mother's life is at stake. Other Wisconsin abortion statutes relate to the restriction of public funding and to parental notification.
Main Term(s): Abortion; US Supreme Court decisions
Index Term(s): Criminal abortion; Medicolegal considerations; Wisconsin
Note: Information memorandum 89-2
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