Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Ayotte (New Hampshire Attorney General) v. Planned Parenthood of
Northern New England - 2006
Planned Parenthood of
Northern New England, along with several other women’s health centers, filed a
complaint stating that the New Hampshire Parental Notification Act was unconstitutional.The
The decision, written by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, established a few main points: states have a right to require parental involvement when a teen wishes to terminate her pregnancy and states cannot restrict abortions when it is crucial to the health of the woman.
However, the Court felt that invalidating the entire state law was not necessary, as long as it was not presenting an “undue burden” to teenagers. The Supreme Court sent the case back down to a lower court to decide whether or not the state legislature meant to include a health exemption to the law.