Compare Wednesday’s decision upholding the federal ban on the safest form of late-second-trimester abortion with this passage from Roe v. Wade:
The statute makes no distinction between abortions performed early in pregnancy and those performed later, and it limits to a single reason, “saving” the mother’s life, the legal justification for the procedure. The statute, therefore, cannot survive the constitutional attack made upon it here.
Other than the fact that abortion cannot be entirely banned (that is still good law, right?), what exactly is left of Roe?
– David S. Cohen