By Laurie Shrage
Shrage argues that Roe v Wade's regulatory scheme of a six-month time span for abortion on call for polarized the general public and obscured possible choices with in all probability broader help. She explores the origins of that scheme, then defends an alternative one--with a time span shorter than 6 months for non-therapeutic abortions--that may well win wide aid had to make criminal abortion providers on hand to all girls.
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For a doctor can choose an abortion procedure virtually guaranteed to cause the fetus's death, even on an otherwise viable fetus. For example, a delivery induced with saline rather than prostaglandin, or some combination of both, is more likely to result in fetal death. 71 Because doctors can use methods in late pregnancy that are reasonably certain to result in fetal death, prohibiting abortion after viability is not the only way a society can avoid the dilemmas of "abortions" that produce live births.
Newman's ruling, which struck down the Connecticut abortion law on privacy grounds, showed the Court how privacy reasoning could be consistent with a ban on nontherapeutic abortions after the point of viability. ' "65 Powell held that the viability cutoff for abortion on demand reflected sufficient respect for a woman's right to privacy in procreative matters. Although proscribing nontherapeutic abortions at viability invades a woman's privacy, it involves less of an invasion than Blackmun's original cutoff.
As Ruth Colker writes: "Until we, as a society, decide to protect life minimally by providing adequate prenatal care, postnatal care, childcare, and pregnancy leave, then it is hard to take seriously a government's claim that it is restricting abortion to protect its valuation of life. "99 A system that better reflects the value of human life is one that would show respect for women's childbearing, whether they be single or poor. Welfare policies that permit women to have the children they want, or obtain contraception and abortion to limit their own childbearing, show more respect for both children's and women's lives.
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