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May 23, 2005

Supreme Court Will Weigh-in On Parental Notification Issue

Topics: National News

It's about time, although these judges haven't recently displayed a propensity for coming down on the side of reason very often! Parents must be involved in issues that have such monumental lasting affects on their children. More importantly, "elective-murder" should never be a choice!

The Supreme Court, re-entering the politically charged abortion debate, agreed Monday to hear a state appeal seeking to reinstate a law requiring parental notification before minors can terminate their pregnancies.

Justices will review a lower court ruling that struck down New Hampshire's parental notification law. The Boston-based 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the 2003 law was unconstitutional because it didn't provide an exception to protect the minor's health in the event of a medical emergency.

In their appeal, New Hampshire officials argued that the abortion law need not have an "explicit health exception" because other state provisions call for exceptions when the mother's health is at risk. They also asked justices to clarify the legal standard that is applied when reviewing the constitutionality of abortion laws.

The New Hampshire law required that a parent or guardian be notified if an abortion was to be done on a woman under 18. The notification had to be made in person or by certified mail 48 hours before the pregnancy was terminated.

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Posted by Hyscience at May 23, 2005 11:43 AM

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