District of Columbia
pre-Roe statute prohibited performance of an abortion
unless the procedure was “necessary for the preservation of
the mother’s life or health . . . .” The constitutionality
of the statute was upheld in United States v. Vuitch, where
the Supreme Court broadly defined “health” as “the state of
being sound in body or mind,” which “includes psychological
as well as physical well-being.” The pre-Roe statute
was repealed in 2003. The
overruling of Roe v. Wade would not affect the legality
of abortion in the District of Columbia. Abortions could be
performed for any reason at any time of pregnancy.
D.C. Code Ann. § 22-201 (1967), renumbered
as § 22-101 in 1988. See D.C.
Code Ann. § 22-101 (2001).
15-255, signed Nov. 25, 2003, effective April 29, 2004,
D.C. Law 15-154.