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For how long after fertilization does the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade mandate that abortion be legal?

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Roe v. Wade, along with its accompanying ruling, Doe v. Bolton, mandate that abortion be legal up till birth if any one physician willing to perform the abortion says it is needed for the "health of the mother." Roe cites specific examples of what may be considered harmful to a mother's health, such as the "stigma of unwed motherhood," the work of "child care," and the distress of having an "unwanted child." Many media outlets have misreported that Roe v. Wade only makes abortion legal for the first 3 months of pregnancy, and Gallup has stated: "If Roe v. Wade is presented only as legalizing abortion in the first three months, support for the decision is much higher than if it is characterized as making abortion legal throughout pregnancy or for any reason."

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