Editorial: When Reproductive Rights Meant Criminal Prosecution

The Connecticut Law Tribune


Just before the end of 2013, Dr. Kenneth C. Edelin died. Although his name draws little attention today, he became the subject of a criminal prosecution for performing an abortion in a municipal hospital in Boston more than 40 years ago. Occurring not long after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, this is a sordid tale of a young physician and an even younger female patient caught in the cross hairs of a politically motivated prosecution. It is a reminder of the passion then and now over the issue of abortion.

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    The taking of human life, at any stage from conception to old age, will always be a criminal act no matter what a court may say.

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