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5/23/05

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Review State's Abortion Law

The Supreme Court is going to step back into the abortion debate. The justices have agreed to hear an appeal involving a New Hampshire law requiring parental notification before abortions are performed on minors.

A lower court struck down the law because it didn't provide an exception to protect the minor's health in the event of a medical emergency. State officials are appealing. They say the law doesn't need an "explicit health exception" because that's already covered elsewhere in state law. They also want the Supreme Court to clarify its legal standard in reviewing the constitutionality of abortion laws. They argue that abortion laws are "entirely different than parental involvement laws."

Earlier this year, the high court turned down a chance to review its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal. It also declined to consider an Idaho parental consent law.

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