On Could 20, a federal appeals courtroom in Richmond, Virginia, overturned–for the second time–the state regulation on late-term abortions. The courtroom dominated that the regulation created an “undue burden” on girls by going past the rules set final 12 months by the U. S. Supreme Courtroom within the case of Gonzales v. Carhart.
Earlier than Virginia’s elected representatives go down this highway once more, they should purchase a minimum of a rudimentary data of abortion rights. Maybe the next questions and solutions will likely be useful to them:
Query: Does the U. S. Structure set up abortion rights?
Reply: Sure, however not directly. The Excessive Courtroom settled this concern in Roe v. Wade by holding that the Fourteenth Modification of the Structure establishes a proper of privateness that’s “broad sufficient to embody a lady’s choice whether or not or to not terminate her being pregnant.”
Query: Does the Roe choice permit abortions proper as much as the day of supply?
Reply: Sure and no. The Courtroom stated gestation interval covers three trimesters, consisting of roughly 12 weeks every. Solely through the first trimester does a lady have an unrestricted proper to terminate a being pregnant. Within the second, she might terminate the being pregnant, however solely at a full-service medical facility. Throughout the third trimester, she might not have an abortion until her life or well being is in jeopardy.
Query: How have the states dealt with third-trimester abortion instances?
Reply: Late time period procedures (24 or extra weeks) are ext