Doe v. Bolton/Dissent Rehnquist

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Doe v. Bolton
Dissenting Opinion by William Rehnquist
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Mr. Justice Rehnquist, dissenting.

The holding in Roe v. Wade, ante, p. 113, that state abortion laws can withstand constitutional scrutiny only if the State can demonstrate a compelling state interest, apparently compels the Court's close scrutiny of the various provisions in Georgia's abortion statute. Since, as indicated by my dissent in Wade, I view the compelling-state-interest standard as an inappropriate measure of the constitutionality of state abortion laws, I respectfully dissent from the majority's holding.