Tuesday, March 23, 2010

On March 23

On this day in ...
... 1981, in H.L. v. Matheson, the U.S. Supreme Court turned back a class action brought by a young, pregnant woman -- an unemancipated minor -- who challenged a Utah law stating "if possible," her physician must "notify" her parents before performing an abortion. Agreeing with the result were 6 of the Court's 9 Justices. Debate on such parental notification statutes continues to this day, as is evident from this recent article on an Illinois law.

(Prior March 23 posts are here, here, and here)

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