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In a later ruling the court rejected the trimester framework while affirming the central holding that a woman has a right to obtain an abortion until viability—usually at around twenty-four to twenty-eight weeks. Does a Fetus Feel Pain? In 2010 Nebraska added a new twist to the debate over the morality of abortion. By an overwhelming majority the state legislature passed the first ever bill banning abortions after twenty weeks gestation, based on the idea that a fetus can feel pain at that stage of development.

Moving the Fight to the States Antiabortion groups have made several unsuccessful attempts to overturn the abortion rights granted in the Roe decision. In 1976 the court overturned a Missouri law in Planned Parenthood v. Danforth that required a woman to obtain her husband’s consent for an abortion. In 1990 the court struck down a Minnesota law in Hodgson v. Minnesota that required minors to notify both parents before having an abortion. In the 1992 Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v.

This was a significant change from other court rulings, which had previously struck down laws that did not contain a similar exception. In response to the court’s ruling, President George W. Bush released a statement expressing his agreement with the decision, “I am pleased that the Supreme Court upheld a law that prohibits the “I think most abhorrent procedure of partial-birth abortion. .

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