Health Law Keyed to Furrow
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey
A number of cases that challenged the constitutionality of five provisions of the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act of 1982 were consolidated upon appeal. The Act required that a woman seeking an abortion give an informed consent to the procedure and specified that she be provided with certain information at least 24 hours before the procedure was performed. A minor had to have the informed consent of one of her parents, although a judicial bypass option was provided. A married woman planning an abortion had to notify her husband of the intended abortion. Compliance with the three previous requirements would be exempted in the event of a medical emergency as defined by the statute. Finally, the Act imposed certain reporting requirements on facilities that provided abortions.
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