State-Level Victories for Abortion Rights

Louisiana has joined Alaska, Florida, Virginia and West Virginia in striking down the “partial-birth abortion” ban that was proven unconstitutional in the recent Supreme Court decision in Stenberg v. Carhart. A federal judge has also blocked an Ohio state law that criminalized a late-term abortion procedure and although Ohio Governor Bob Taft is making continued attempts to argue the constitutionality of the law, it too is expected to be struck down as unconstitutional.

A US District Court in Colorado declared a Parental Notification Act which would have required young women to notify her parents in cases when she chose to have an abortion as a violation of a young woman’s right to choose. The act had no exception for the health of the young woman and, unlike other existing parental notification laws, it did not provide teens with a judicial bypass procedure or other alternative if they felt the could not tell a parent for fear of being abused, thrown out of the house, or harmed in any other way.


The American Civil Liberties Union, The Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, and Reuters - 17 August 2000

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