SCOTUS Punts on Abortion

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Just posted at the New York Times, by the Associated Press:

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that a lower court was wrong to strike down New Hampshire abortion restrictions, steering clear of a major ruling on they placed an undue burden on women. …

… Justices said a lower court went too far by permanently blocking the law that requires a parent to be told before a daughter ends her pregnancy.

An appeals court must now reconsider the law, which requires that a parent be informed 48 hours before a minor child has an abortion but makes no exception for a medical emergency that threatens the youth’s health.

The opinion was written by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. The AP points out this may be the last SCOTUS opinion she will write.

An appeals court must now reconsider the law, which requires that a parent be informed 48 hours before a minor child has an abortion but makes no exception for a medical emergency that threatens the youth’s health.

I’d like to read the decision before writing much about it. The AP story highlights the fact that the justices had been asked to decide if the Nebraska law had put an undue burden on young women seeking an abortion. Instead, the court punted the decision back to lower courts.

Update: Carnival of the Feminists at Feministe.

Update update:
Written decision here (PDF).

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  1. Swami  •  Jan 18, 2006 @7:12 pm

    off topic. but great.

    “Instead of meeting with lobbyists, it’s time to start meeting with some of the 45 million Americans with no health care,” said Sen. Barack Obama, an Illinois Democrat.

  2. Ken Ormes  •  Jan 19, 2006 @1:29 pm

    “The AP story highlights the fact that the justices had been asked to decide if the *Nebraska* law had put an undue burden”

    I’m sure you meant to say the NEW HAMPSHIRE law . . .

    Great blog, thank you!



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