The Supreme Court has let stand Michigan court rulings that a woman has a constitutional right to end her pregnancy despite her husband's objections.
Without comment or recorded dissent, the justices on Monday denied an emergency request by the estranged husband of Shawn Lewis of Flint, Mich., that she be prevented from having an abortion.In August, Lewis told her husband, Carlton, she was seven or eight weeks pregnant and intended to have an abortion. Lewis immediately went to court to prevent it.
Michigan's highest court had rejected the husband's action, but appointed a guardian for the fetus until 5 p.m. Monday to allow time to seek emergency help from Justice Antonin Scalia, who handles emergency appeals from Michigan for the nation's highest court.
Scalia referred the request to the full Supreme Court, which denied it.
Three other Supreme Court members - Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices Byron R. White and John Paul Stevens - rejected similar emergency requests to stop abortions earlier this year.
Lewis' attorney, Steven Moss, said the husband was upset by the verdict.
"That's his baby and he wants it," Moss said.
Mrs. Lewis was "happy and relieved," said attorney Shelley Spivack. She did not know when the 24-year-old woman would have the planned abortion. Mrs. Lewis has refused to discuss the case.