HealthLawProf Blog

Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Supreme Court and Bioethics

The Supreme Court may be reviewing more than its fair share of bioethics issues this week.  It is unclear how the Court will treat the Terri Schiavo case - although some commentators seem to believe that the Court will not act to review the case.   If that isn't enough excitement, tomorrow the Court will decide whether to grant review to a challenge to Idaho's abortion law which contains a medical emergency exception.  The case, Wasden v. Planned Parenthood of Idaho, concerns Idaho's abortion statute that permits minors to obtain an abortion without parental consent or judicial bypass if a medical emergency exists.  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found the law unconstitutional because the definition of "medical emergency," as well as other terms within the statute, were too narrow and did not encompass all conditions in which a woman's life or health would be threatened. [bm

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