Professor provides correct abortion cases

Dear Editor,

In your article concerning the Legal Studies and Global Citizens Club’s presentation on Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that struck down all bans on first-trimester abortions, you wrote that “the Roe v. Wade case was the U.S. Supreme Court’s only ruling on abortion.” (“A look at a seminal decision,” Vol. 2, Issue 3) In fact, although it is the most well-known case, it is far from the only case. 

Among many other cases is the often overlooked 1992 case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which the Supreme Court ruled that states may impose regulations on abortions, even in the first trimester, so long as they do not impose an “undue burden” on a woman’s ability to obtain one.  That case made it possible for states to create many new laws that restrict abortion access for women. 

The Supreme Court will once again be hearing cases about abortion in the coming months, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey will no doubt play a key role in those deliberations.  We can expect there to be debate about what constitutes an “undue burden,” or even the possibility that Roe v. Wade will be re-examined.  In either case, those who are interested in the legality of abortion should keep their eyes on the news! 

All best,

Dr. Sarah Lublink

Professor, Philosophy

Florida SouthWestern State College

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