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Webster v. Reproductive Health Services

Health care professionals in Missouri v. William L. Webster (Missouri State Attorney General) - 1988

Reproductive health 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 v. Wade.

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