Monday, January 30, 2006

Sandy, we hardly knew ye

The Supreme Court's Surprisingly Unanimous Abortion Decision: A Parting Gift for Justice O'Connor?


In what will likely be the last opinion she authors for the Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor recently announced a surprisingly unanimous decision in an abortion case. In Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the Court invalidated a New Hampshire law requiring minors seeking abortions to notify their parents. The law was deemed unconstitutional because it failed to include an exception for circumstances in which a serious but non-life-threatening medical emergency requires an immediate abortion.

Ayotte is the first unanimous abortion decision since the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, which itself was 7-2. Some of the Court's most important abortion rulings, including the 2000 decision striking down Nebraska's "partial-birth" abortion ban in Stenberg v. Carhart, were decided by a 5-4 margin.

Full story here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps she was testing the waters in a last ditch effort to force the conservative sharks to the surface before Alito is confirmed. Why didn't Thomas, Scalia & Roberts bite? It was a minow in the big sea. Why bother with a mundane little detail such as Ayote, when they intend to overturn the whole ocean.

5:45 PM  
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7:58 PM  

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