Constitutional Law Keyed to Cohen
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey
Five abortion clinics and physicians providing abortion services challenged each of five provisions of the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act (the Act) on its face. The Act required that a woman seeking an abortion give her informed consent prior to the abortion procedure and specifies that she be provided with certain information at least twenty-four hours before the abortion is performed. Under the Act, minors were required to provide informed consent of a parent. Also, the Act requires that a married woman seeking an abortion sign a statement indicating that she has notified her husband of her intended abortion. The District Court held all the provisions unconstitutional. The Court of Appeals upheld all the provisions except for the husband notification requirement.
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