What did Roe vs. Wade say about abortion in the latest stages of pregnancy?
“For the stage subsequent to viability the State may, if it chooses, regulate, and even proscribe, abortion except where necessary for the life or health of the mother” Note that Roe vs Wade prohibits no abortion at any time during pregnancy. An abortionist may kill a healthy baby of a healthy mother right up to and including her delivery date. And since the Court has such a broad definition of “health,” even if a state wants to ban abortions in the final months, it cannot do so effectively. As the University of Detroit Law Review pointed out in a 1990 article, “The Supreme Court’s decisions…allowed abortion on demand throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy” Indeed, Roe vs. Wade is extreme.