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Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health

Significance, Right To Abortion Upheld, But Imperiled, Abortion Statistics, Further Readings


City of Akron


Akron Center for Reproductive Health, Inc.

Petitioner's Claim

That restrictions of a city ordinance on abortions performed during the second trimester of pregnancy do not violate a woman's right to abortion. The Akron Center for Reproductive Health countersued.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Alan G. Segedy

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Stephan Landsman

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (writing for the Court), John Paul Stevens

Justices Dissenting

Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, Byron R. White


Washington D.C.

Date of Decision

15 June 1983


The restrictions were struck down by a vote of 6-3 as an unconstitutional attempt to hinder access to abortion.

Related Cases

  • Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).
  • Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 492 U.S. 490 (1989).
  • Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992).




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