Harris v. McRae
In Harris v. McRae, 448 U.S. 297 (1980), the U.S. Supreme Court held by a narrow 5-4 margin that the U.S. Constitution does not require government or taxpayer funding of abortion. The Court upheld the constitutionality of the Hyde Amendment, a federal law prohibiting the expenditure of federal monies to pay for abortion.
The Court observed that:
|“||Abortion is inherently different from other medical procedures, because no other procedure involves the purposeful termination of a potential life.||”|
- 448 U.S. at 325.