Doe v. Bolton Case Brief

Facts of the Case

In this case, the criminal abortion statutes recently enacted in Georgia were challenged on constitutional grounds. An indigent, married, pregnant woman, who desired but had been refused an abortion, 23 other individuals (nine physicians licensed in Georgia, seven nurses, five clergymen, and two social workers), and two nonprofit Georgia corporations that advocated abortion reform instituted an action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, seeking a declaratory judgment that the Georgia abortion statutes were unconstitutional and an injunction against the statutes’ enforcement.A three-judge District Court was convened, which court held that all the plaintiffs had standing to sue, but that only the pregnant woman’s case presented a justiciable controversy.


Does the New York General Business Law’s prohibition of credit card surcharges violate the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment or the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?



Case Information

Citation: 410 US 179 (1973)
Reargued: Oct 11, 1972
Decided: Jan 22, 1973
Argued: Dec 13, 1971
Case Brief: 1973