Monday, April 4, 2005
Update: Last Monday, the Supreme Court declined to review Wasden v. Planned Parenthood of Idaho (04-703), a state appeal
challenging the Ninth Circuit's decision finding Idaho's parental
consent law for minors seeking abortions unconstitutional. The Idaho law at issue required girls under the age of 18 to get parental consent for abortions except in the case of a sudden and unexpected medical emergency. The question on appeal was whether the law was unduly burdensome on young women by restricting abortions without consent to these "sudden and unexpected" circumstances. The Supreme Court let stand the Ninth Circuit decision striking down the law as unduly burdensome.