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Thornburgh v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Significance, Supreme Court Upholds The Right To Abortion, Further Readings


Richard Thornburgh, U.S. Attorney General


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Appellant's Claim

That new regulations imposed by Pennsylvania on abortion do not unconstitutionally restrict a woman's right to have an abortion.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Andrew S. Gordon

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Kathryn Kolbert

Justices for the Court

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

Justices Dissenting

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


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

11 June 1986


The Supreme Court struck down the regulations.

Related Cases

  • Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).
  • Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health, 462 U.S. 416 (1983).
  • Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 492 U.S. 490 (1989).

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