Background History of abortion laws in the United States According to the Court, "the restrictive criminal abortion laws in effect in a majority of States today are of relatively recent vintage. Every state had abortion legislation by
Texas Lawsc. Gammel, Laws of Texas This was soon modified into language that has remained substantially unchanged to the present time.
See Texas Penal Code ofc. Paschal, Laws of Texas, Arts. The final article in each of these compilations provided the same exception, as does the present Articlefor an abortion by "medical advice for the purpose of saving the life of the mother.
She sought a declaratory judgment that the Texas criminal abortion statutes were unconstitutional on their face, and an injunction restraining the defendant from enforcing the statutes.
Roe alleged that she was unmarried and pregnant; that she wished to terminate her pregnancy by an abortion "performed by a competent, licensed physician, under safe, clinical conditions"; that she was unable to get a "legal" abortion in Texas because her life did not appear to be threatened by the continuation of her pregnancy; and that she could not afford to travel to another jurisdiction in order to secure a legal abortion under safe conditions.
She claimed that the Texas statutes were unconstitutionally vague and that they abridged her right of personal privacy, protected by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments.
By an amendment to her complaint, Roe purported to sue "on behalf of herself and all other women" similarly situated. James Hubert Hallford, a licensed physician, sought and was granted leave to intervene in Roe's action. In his complaint, he alleged that he had been arrested previously for violations of the Texas abortion statutes, and  that two such prosecutions were pending against him.
He described conditions of patients who came to him seeking abortions, and he claimed that for many cases he, as a physician, was unable to determine whether they fell within or outside the exception recognized by Article He alleged that, as a consequence, the statutes were vague and uncertain, in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, and that they violated his own and his patients' rights to privacy in the doctor-patient relationship and his own right to practice medicine, rights he claimed were guaranteed by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments.
John and Mary Doe, [ Footnote 5 ] a married couple, filed a companion complaint to that of Roe. They also named the District Attorney as defendant, claimed like constitutional deprivations, and sought declaratory and injunctive relief.
The Does alleged that they were a childless couple; that Mrs. Doe was suffering from a "neural-chemical" disorder; that her physician had "advised her to avoid pregnancy until such time as her condition has materially improved" although a pregnancy at the present time would not present "a serious risk" to her life ; that, pursuant to medical advice, she had discontinued use of birth control pills; and that, if she should become pregnant, she would want to terminate the pregnancy by an abortion performed by a competent, licensed physician under safe, clinical conditions.
By an amendment to their complaint, the Does purported to sue "on behalf of themselves and all couples similarly situated. The suits thus presented the situations of the pregnant single woman, the childless couple, with the wife not pregnant,  and the licensed practicing physician, all joining in the attack on the Texas criminal abortion statutes.
Upon the filing of affidavits, motions were made for dismissal and for summary judgment. The court held that Roe and members of her class, and Dr. Hallford, had standing to sue and presented justiciable controversies, but that the Does had failed to allege facts sufficient to state a present controversy, and did not have standing.
It concluded that, with respect to the requests for a declaratory judgment, abstention was not warranted. On the merits, the District Court held that the "fundamental right of single women and married persons to choose whether to have children is protected by the Ninth Amendment, through the Fourteenth Amendment," and that the Texas criminal abortion statutes were void on their face because they were both unconstitutionally vague and constituted an overbroad infringement of the plaintiffs' Ninth Amendment rights.roe et al.
v. wade, district attorney of dallas county appeal from the united states district court for the northern district of texas. case no. * The Roe attheheels.com verdict provides several examples of what may constitute a risk the health of the mother.
These include the “stigma of unwed motherhood” and the “distress” “associated with the unwanted child.” Roe v. Wade and Doe attheheels.com, which were issued by the Supreme Court on the same day with the order that they “are to be read together,” mandate that abortion . roe et al.
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