Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood Oral Argument

Nov 30, 2005


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U.S. Supreme Court

Attorneys made oral arguments in the case of Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Justices questioned litigants as they mad arguments about the scope of New Hampshire legislation in question, the nature .. Read More
Attorneys made oral arguments in the case of Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Justices questioned litigants as they mad arguments about the scope of New Hampshire legislation in question, the nature of emergency and critical decisions by attending physicians, and precedents involving prior abortion decisions.

In June of 2003 the New Hampshire Legislature passed the New Hampshire Parental Notification Prior to Abortion Act requiring that the doctor notify the parent of a minor at least 48 hours before performing an abortion. Without parental notification, the doctor can be sued by the minor’s parents and face possible criminal charges. A New Hampshire District court ruled that the act was unconstitutional using previous standards set by the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania v. Casey and Stenberg v. Carhart, which provides that laws may not impose an undue burden on the right to choose abortion. The First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s ruling.

This program contained audio released by the court immediately after the arguments were presented with still images of participants as they spoke. Justice Thomas was present but did not ask any questions.

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