Health care professionals in Missouri v. William L.
Webster (Missouri State Attorney General) - 1988
professionals challenged a state law that included harsh restrictions on
reproductive services. The law forbade
the use of public facilities for all abortions except those necessary to save a
woman's life and required physicians to perform tests to determine the
viability of fetuses after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The Supreme Court upheld
these anti-choice laws, opening the door to greater state regulation of
abortion.The Court did not, however,
use this case as a vehicle for overruling Roe