Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood
What's at Stake
Reviewing the legal standard by which courts consider abortion restrictions and whether laws regulating abortion must protect women’s health. DECIDED
Court Urged to Protect Women’s Health (11/30/2005)
C-SPAN covers Ayotte (off-site link)
Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood et al. began in 2003 as a challenge to a New Hampshire law restricting teenagers’ access to abortion. The law requires doctors to notify a parent at least 48 hours before performing an abortion for a teenager. The law includes no exception for medical emergencies.
In reviewing this case, the Supreme Court will consider two questions: one, must an abortion restriction, not just New Hampshire’s, include a medical emergency exception, and two, can doctors and women continue to challenge dangerous abortion restrictions and ask the courts to strike them down before they can harm women?