Abortion statutes seek two ends: 1) a definition of the crime of abortion and 2) the creation of a procedure for implementing the statute definition. Definition is accomplished by declaring purposeful miscarriage unlawful except in certain generalized situations. The procedure then designates who determines when an excepting situation exists. Therefore, the decision to terminate a pregnancy raises two issues—who shall make the decision and on what bases. This note will examine the impact of recent abortion reform legislation on these issues
Survey of Abortion Reform Legislation,
43 Wash. L. Rev.
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