Dr. Kenneth Edelin passes away in Sarasota at age 74

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Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 9:44 pm

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Dr. Kenneth Edelin, a Boston physician at the center of a landmark abortion case in the 1970s, has died in southwest Florida. He was 74.

Edelin's wife confirmed that he died Monday morning after suffering from cancer.

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 v. Wade.

According to NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Massachusetts Supreme Court later overturned Edelin's guilty verdict. The LDF says Edelin went on to become an outspoken activist and spokesman for reproductive rights. He also served as a chairman of the board of Planned Parenthood. Edelin joined the LDF's senior board in 1986.

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