What Is “Doe v. Bolton”?

For You From The Word

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit. (Proverbs 16:2, ESV)

For You To Think About

The United States Supreme Court’s Doe v. Bolton decision, a companion case to the landmark Roe v. Wade, was handed down on January 22, 1973.

doe v boltonThe Georgia law in question permitted abortion only in cases of rape, severe fetal deformity, or the possibility of severe or fatal injury to the mother.

The Court addressed the last of those conditions and ruled that a woman may obtain an abortion after the point of her unborn child’s viability, if necessary to protect her health.

The ruling’s language allowed physicians to determine danger to the mother: “The medical judgment may be exercised in the light of all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age – relevant to the well-being of the patient.”

By including emotional and psychological well-being as allowable factors, the Doe v. Bolton “health exception” ruling offers tremendous subjective discretion for physicians. It now serves as a loophole to justify terminating a pregnancy.

For You To Pray

Gracious Father,
Allow our nation to respect the sanctity of human life. Move our leaders to protect the unborn through legislation.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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