No. 84-1379.

476 U.S. 54 (1986)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided April 30, 1986

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Dennis J. Horan argued the cause for appellants. With him on the briefs were Victor G. Rosenblum, Edward R. Grant, and Maura K. Quinlan.

R. Peter Carey argued the cause for appellees. With him on the brief were Colleen K. Connell, Frank Susman, Janet Benshoof, and Nan D. Hunter.*

Briefs of amici curiae urging affirmance were filed for the Attorney General of New York by Robert Abrams, pro se, Robert Hermann, Solicitor General, Rosemarie Rhodes, Assistant Attorney General, and Lawrence S. Kahn, Sanford M. Cohen, and Martha J. Olson, Assistant Attorneys General; for the American Medical Association et al. by Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr., Carter G. Phillips, Newton N. Minow, Jack R. Bierig, Stephan E. Lawton, Joel I. Klein, Joseph A. Keyes, Jr., and Ann E. Allen; for the Center for Constitutional Rights et al. by Anne E. Simon, Nadine Taub, Rhonda Copelon, and Judith Levin; for the National Abortion Rights Action League et al. by Lynn I. Miller; for the National Organization for Women et al. by Diane E. Thompson; and for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., et al. by Dara Klassel and Eve W. Paul.

Briefs of amici curiae were filed for the Women Lawyers' Association of Los Angeles et al. by Susan R. Schwartz, Carol Boyk, Judith Gordon, and Lorraine Loder; for the Unitarian Universalist Association et al. by Madeline Kochen; for Senator Bob Packwood et al. by Laurence H. Tribe and Kathleen M. Sullivan; and for Susan Bandes et al. by Arthur Kinoy.

JUSTICE BLACKMUN delivered the opinion of the Court.

Appellant Eugene F. Diamond is a pediatrician engaged in private practice in Illinois. He seeks to defend before this Court the constitutionality of four sections of the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975, as amended.1 These sections impose criminal liability for the performance of an abortion under certain circumstances, and, under other circumstances...


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