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Death and the Supreme Court : The Death Penalty and Abortion

The suppression of the death penalty and the right of abortion deeply divide the American society. In 1972, the Supreme Court fell short of declaring the death penalty unconstitutional. However it greatly reduced the number of cases to which it could apply. At the same period, it established a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion. But since 1989 a « conservative majority » has seriously backed up on this issue. Without an unforeseable pressure from the public or developments within the Court itself, the Bill of Rights is unlikely to be firmly reasserted. This may be made easier the strenghthening in international common law of those fundamental human rights which are recognised by all civilized nations.


Référence électonique : Roger PINTO, "Death and the Supreme Court : The Death Penalty and Abortion ", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°59, 59 - La Cour Suprême des Etats-Unis, p.101-114 . Consulté le 2020-10-21 12:47:03 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Death-and-the-Supreme-Court-The.html