For how long after fertilization does the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade mandate that abortion be legal?
Roe v. Wade and its accompanying ruling, Doe v. Bolton, mandate that abortion be legal up till birth if any one doctor licensed to perform abortions says it is needed for the "health of the mother." This includes doctors who perform abortions and little else. 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." With regard to this, late-term abortionist Warren Hern said: "I will certify that any pregnancy is a threat to a woman's life and could cause grievous injury to her physical health."