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After analyzing statutes and case law information on abortion in Florida, the student could conclude and state that offering to help a woman obtain an abortion was illegal in the 1960’s and, if a miscarriage subsequently occurred due to aid provided, the person who helped obtain the abortion could be convicted of 3rd degree manslaughter.

In 1973, the Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade established that women had the right to seek an abortion and that states had to balance their ability to regulate health against a woman’s health care decision power and the potentiality of human life. 410 U.S. 113 (1973). Roe v. Wade superseded Florida’s cases and statutes against abortion and allowed women the choice to seek an abortion. Roe v. Wade has been re-visited over the years confirming, along with Eggart, the importance of always updating your research.

The first page of the holding in Roe v. Wade is to the left; the entire case can be found via the link below.

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Virgil Hawkins, Florida A & M University College of Law, abortion, Florida Law and Practice


Civil Rights and Discrimination | Law and Gender | Law and Race | Legal Education | Legal Profession

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