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Roe/Doe Ask Court to Reverse Decisions

Dateline: 3/31/00

In a News Update yesterday, I brought the first of the information I'd found on a spectacular new -- and largely ignored -- development on the abortion front. Norma "Jane Roe" McCorvey and Sandra "Mary Roe" Cano have filed amicus briefs asking for the overturning of their famous cases, Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton.

With help from US Government Information Guide Robert Longley, I've learned more about this intriguing case.

Three New Jersey women, under fictitious names, are suing for the right to file wrongful death lawsuits in the case of abortions performed against their will or without informed consent. Feminists for Life of America originally drafted model legislation for allowing such suits over a decade ago.

Although wrongful death suits have been filed for the deaths of fetuses in unwanted abortions (I'll be featuring such a case next week), this is the first time I'm aware of that such a case has been used to directly challenge the current Constitutional right of abortion providers to withhold basic information they think might lead a woman to reject abortion (Thornburg v ACOG). Current informed consent laws, in theory, grant women a right to basic information, but give her no legal recourse should she be denied this information.

The litigation begins with an abortion forced on Donna Santa Marie, age 16, by her parents:

Donna and two other women have joined together to petition the courts to recognize that a mother has a right to a relationship with her child from the moment of conception:

Stay tuned for further developments.

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