TAILIEUCHUNG - Gale Encyclopedia Of American Law 3Rd Edition Volume 12 P47

Gale Encyclopedia of American Law Volume 12 P47 fully illuminates today's leading cases, major statutes, legal terms and concepts, notable persons involved with the law, important documents and more. Legal issues are fully discussed in easy-to-understand language, including such high-profile topics as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, physician-assisted suicide and thousands more. | MILESTONES IN THE LAW ROE V. WADE 447 that cannot be compelled. She is not herself subject to legal action by statutory exemption. Yet a very real wrong in the eyes of the law exists . Therefore . we declare that she is entitled to proceed in her action founded on her petition . 287 at 840. Appellant Jane Roe was similarly found by the lower court to have standing. She too was pregnant had sought but been unable to find a physician to terminate the pregnancy was not subject to state prosecution and yet had suffered a very real wrong. II. The right to seek and receive medical care for the protection of health and wellbeing is a fundamental personal liberty As shown in the original brief of Appellants the Texas abortion law effectively denies Appellants Jane Roe and Mary Doe access to health care. Although under Texas case law it is not a crime for a pregnant woman to terminate her own pregnancy or to persuade someone else to perform an abortion on her the Texas law effectively denies her assistance of trained medical personnel in doing what she is otherwise legally allowed to do. The Supreme Court in Vermont in Beecham v. Leahy supra observed that On the one hand the legislation by specific reference leaves untouched in the woman herself those rights respecting her own choice to bear children now coming to be recognized in many jurisdictions . Yet tragically unless her life itself is at stake the law leaves her only to the recourse of attempts at self-induced abortion uncounselled and unassisted by a doctor in a situation where medical attention is imperative. 287 at 839 emphasis added . The woman is guilty of no crime in Texas although by case law rather than by statute. Tragically Texas women effectively prevented from securing the services of a doctor when medical expertise and experience are imperative to avoid such pitfalls as the piercing of the uterine wall and infection. By preventing the availability of medical assistance the state effectively .

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