BEAL v. DOE - 432 U.S. 454 (1977)

U.S. Supreme Court

BEAL v. DOE , 432 U.S. 454 (1977)

432 U.S. 454

Frank S. BEAL, etc., et al., Petitioners,
Ann DOE et al.

Edward W. MAHER, Commissioner of Social Services of Connecticut, Appellant,
Susan ROE et al.

John H. POELKER, etc., et al., Petitioners,
Jane DOE, etc.

Nos. 75-554, 75-1440, and 75-442.

June 20, 1977.

On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

On Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

For majority opinion of the Court, see , 2376, 2391.

Mr. Justice MARSHALL, dissenting.

It is all too obvious that the governmental actions in these cases, ostensibly taken to "encourage" women to carry preg-

Page 432 U.S. 454 , 455

nancies to term, are in reality intended to impose a moral viewpoint that no State may constitutionally enforce. Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973); Doe v. Bolton, 410 U.S. 179 (1973). Since efforts to overturn those decisions have been unsuccessful, the opponents of abortion have attempted every imaginable means to circumvent the commands of the Constitution and impose their moral choices upon the rest of society. See, e. g., Planned Parenthood of Missouri v. Danforth, 428 U.S. 52 (1976); Singleton v. Wulff, 428 U.S. 106 (1976); Bellotti v. Baird, 428 U.S. 132 (1976). The present cases involve the most vicious attacks yet devised. The impact of the regulations here falls tragically upon those among us least able to help or defend themselves. As the Court well knows, these regulations inevitably will have the practical effect of preventing nearly all poor women from obtaining safe and legal abortions. [Footnote 1] [432 U.S. 454 , 456]

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