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Connecticut v. Menillo (1975)

In Brief

Connecticut v. Menillo (1975): Court concludes that Roe does not protect the right of non-physicians to perform abortions

Connecticut passed a law making it a crime for "any person" to perform an abortion unless necessary to preserve the mother's or child's life. Patrick Menillo, who was not a doctor, was convicted for attempting to procure an abortion in violation of the law. He filed suit claiming Roe v. Wade protected the right of non-physicians to do abortions.

The Supreme Court disagreed. The Court said Roe protected "the decision of a woman, with the advice of her physician, to terminate her pregnancy." Therefore, the Connecticut law was constitutional when enforced against non-physicians.

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