WHEREAS the social and physical welfare of the woman should be of prime importance in all decisions to interrupt unwanted pregnancies;
WHEREAS the laws of most of the United States stipulate that abortion is illegal unless necessary to preserve the life of the woman;
WHEREAS present laws and prevailing attitudes encourage costly illegal abortions, a scourge imposed by mores of a less enlightened and humane era;
WHEREAS the LIFE of a woman is rarely jeopardized by pregnancy; not infrequently, however, her HEALTH and the proper development of her fetus are so jeopardized;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that it is a moral obligation to eliminate illegal abortion, a social disease and malpractice which discriminates against those who can least afford its outrageous costs, makes them parties to a crime, and imposes serious health hazards and a high incidence of fatalities;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that laws should be enacted making abortion legal if:
1. There is substantial risk of the physical or mental health of the mother,
2. The child is likely to be born with a grave physical or mental defect,
3. Pregnancy results from rape or incest.
Source: Where We Stand ... 1969
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