Commemorating 10 years in Office - The People's President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga

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Abortion debate - some legal and ethical issues

by Dr. Ruwantissa Abeyratne, United Nations, Montreal

One of the landmark events in the Western world occurred in 1973 in the United States where the Supreme Court, in the case of Roe vs. Wade, decided that unduly restrictive State legislation regulating abortion was unconstitutional. In this case, the Court ruled that a woman had the constitutional right to obtain the abortion of her fetus freely, after consultation with a doctor in the first trimester of pregnancy and in an authorized clinic in the second trimester.
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