Abortion Rights Go to Supreme Court

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

November 30, 2005

This week the Supreme Court will hear its first major abortion cases in five years.

It is one which deals with the 2003 New Hampshire law requiring written notification to parents 48-hours before a minor has an abortion. The only exception is for life threatening circumstances, but a federal appeals court ruled the law unconstitutional.

"The law's been struck down by the state and the federal courts because it does not allow for enough protection of the mother's health," said Matt Smyth, University of Center for Politics.

Becky Reid from Planned Parenthood added, "The case is actually about allowing doctors to make decisions in medical emergency situations, and the position that the Bush administration is arguing in siding with the attorney general of New Hampshire is that judges should make those decisions in medical emergencies, not doctors."

Some believe that puts doctors in a bind--do they take care of the medical emergency, or do they leave the emergency room, find a judge, and get permission first? The Supreme Court will make the final decision and some believe the decision could have huge implications for women of all ages.

Also this week, the court is expected to revisit their ruling concerning protests outside medical and reproductive clinics.

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