Colautti v. Franklin
Significance, A Specific Definition Of Viability, An Intrusion Upon The Police Powers Of The States
John Franklin, M.D.
That a Pennsylvania statute dealing with abortion and the viability of fetuses was not unconstitutionally vague.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
Carol Los Mansmann
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun (writing for the Court), William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart
Warren E. Burger, William H. Rehnquist, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
9 January 1979
Affirmed the judgment of the district court that the viability-determination requirement of the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act was void due to vagueness. The law's standard-of-care provision was also found to be impermissibly vague.
- Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).
- Doe v. Bolton, 410 U.S. 179 (1973).
- Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri v. Danforth, 428 U.S. 52 (1976).
- Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 492 U.S. 490 (1989).
- Gans Epner, Janet E., Harry S. Jonas, and Daniel L. Seckinger. "Late-Term Abortion." Journal of the American Medical Association, August 26, 1998, p. 724.
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