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PASSINGS: Dr. Kenneth Edelin, Benjamin Curtis, Johnny Orr
PASSINGS: Dr. Kenneth Edelin, Benjamin Curtis, Johnny Orr

Dr. Kenneth Edelin Physician in 1970s landmark abortion case Dr. Kenneth Edelin, 74, a Boston physician who was at the center of a landmark abortion case in the 1970s, died Monday in Sarasota, Fla. He had cancer, said his wife, Barbara. Edelin made national headlines when he was convicted of manslaughter in 1975 for performing an abortion. That was two years after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the procedure with its decision on Roe vs. Wade. According to NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Massachusetts Supreme Court later overturned Edelin's guilty verdict in a case that helped legally define what an abortion is and when human life begins. Edelin went on to become an outspoken...

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