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United States v. Vuitch - Significance, Is The Abortion Law Constitutional?, Opinion Of The Minority, The People V. Leon P. Belous

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United States


Dr. Milan Vuitch

Appellant's Claim

That the governing standard of the District of Columbia's anti-abortion law, which states that the mother's "life" and "health" must be at risk in order for an abortion to be performed, is not unconstitutionally vague.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Samuel Huntington

Chief Lawyers for Appellee

Joseph L. Nellis and Norman Dorsen

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black (writing for the Court), Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, John Marshall Harlan II, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

William O. Douglas, Potter Stewart (William J. Brennan, Jr. and Thurgood Marshall did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

21 April 1971


The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court.

Related Cases

  • Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1964).
  • Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).
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