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Roe v. Wade expanded in ruling on Doe v. Bolton
March 25, 1970 "Mary Doe" applies for a "therapeutic abortion" (allowed under Georgia's laws), but is turned down.
  Roe v. Wade expanded in ruling on Doe v. Bolton
April 16, 1970 Lawyers for "Mary Doe" and other pro-choice entities begin federal action to overturn Georgia's abortion laws.
  Roe v. Wade expanded in ruling on Doe v. Bolton
December 13, 1971 Doe v. Bolton argued before the Supreme Court
  Roe v. Wade expanded in ruling on Doe v. Bolton
October 11, 1972 Doe v. Bolton argued before the Supreme Court
  Roe v. Wade expanded in ruling on Doe v. Bolton
January 22, 1973 Using the Roe v. Wade ruling made earlier in the day, the Supreme Court decides to dramatically widen its pro-choice ruling by striking down Georgia's more liberal abortion laws. Although it is Roe v. Wade that is normally cited, it was Doe v. Bolton that is the landmark ruling on laws prohibiting abortions.
  Roe v. Wade expanded in ruling on Doe v. Bolton


Complex legal rulings marked January 22, 1973. First, the Supreme Court overturned the strict Texas law prohibiting abortion, then dramatically expanded the ruling by applying the same logic to Doe v. Bolton, a suit bought against Georgia's attorney-general by a pregnant woman identified as "Mary Doe" and 23 others. In the Supreme Court, the cases were viewed as equals. In the Doe ruling the Court held that while the parent's right to an abortion is not absolute, it is incorrect to interpose an arbitrary committee in the decision, essentially leaving the choice to have an abortion up to the baby's parents and their doctor.




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