Bigelow v. Virginia
Jeffrey C. Bigelow
Commonwealth of Virginia
That the Virginia statute banning abortion advertising under which he was convicted was an unconstitutional violation of his First Amendment rights.
Chief Lawyers for Appellant
Melvin L. Wulf and John C. Lowe
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
D. Patrick Lacy, Jr.
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun (writing for the Court), William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Potter Stewart
William H. Rehnquist, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
16 June 1975
Reversed Virginia Supreme Court decision upholding Bigelow's conviction for running an abortion advertisement in the newspaper he managed.
- Valentine v. Chrestensen, 316 U.S. 52 (1942).
- Roe v. Wade, 413 U.S. 113 (1973).
- Virginia State Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Citizens Consumer Council, 425 U.S. 748 (1976).
- Carey v. Population Services International, 431 U.S. 678 (1977).
- Craig, Barbara H., and David M. O'Brien. Abortion and American Politics. New York: Chatham House, 1993.
- Crawford, Alan Pell. "One Hand Clapping." ADWEEK Eastern Edition, July 12, 1993, p. 22.
- Hall, Kermit L., ed., Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. Oxford University Press, 1992.
- New York Times. June 17, 1975.
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