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Webster v. Reproductive Health Services

Significance, Friends Of The Court, Dumping Roe, Roe Must Not Go, Both Sides Now


William L. Webster, Attorney General of Missouri, et al.


Reproductive Health Services, et al.

Appellants' Claim

That the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit erred in overturning Missouri's laws restricting access to abortions.

Chief Lawyers for Appellants

William L. Webster, representing himself pro se (without counsel)

Chief Lawyer for Appellees

Frank Susman

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Anthony M. Kennedy, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

3 July 1989


Upheld Missouri's restrictions on access to abortion.

Related Cases

  • Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965).
  • Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).
  • Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 U.S. 883 (1992).

Additional topics

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