Webster v. Reproductive Health Services

(1989)

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Webster v. Reproductive Health Services was a Missouri abortion case. After 1973, when the Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade essentially legalized abortion, Americans were sharply divided on the issue. In the years that followed, the abortion-related cases the courts heard did not necessarily bear directly on the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade. Rather, they turned on the extent to which any state can impose restrictions on abortion by, for example, specifying at what stage in...