WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The issue of whether doctors must notify a pregnant teenager's parent before performing an abortion is set for argument this week before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Wednesday, the justices are to hear arguments in Ayotte vs. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, a New Hampshire case where two federal courts struck down a state law.
New Hampshire imposes a 48-hour waiting period after the required notice to at least one parent. Like all states, it provides an exception for conditions that present an immediate threat to a pregnant teenager's life. However, of 43 states with parental-involvement statutes, New Hampshire is one of five that do not also provide an exception for non-life-threatening medical emergencies, and it was on that basis the two federal courts declared the law unconstitutional, The New York Times said.
It was signed into law in 2003 by the state's Republican governor, Craig Benson. John Lynch, the Democrat who defeated him in last November's election, opposes the law and has filed a brief in the Supreme Court urging the justices to declare it unconstitutional.