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Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Governor Robert Casey (PA) - 1992

Planned Parenthood challenged sections of the state’s Abortion Control Act of 1982.These provisions included spousal consent, parental notification, a 24-hour waiting period requirement and “informed consent” – meaning, doctors were required to inform women of the possible complications of the abortion procedure.

The Court preserved protection for the right to an abortion, but it adopted a new and weaker test for evaluating restrictive abortion laws: the “undue burden test.”Spousal consent was the only section of the act that was taken out because of “undue burden,” the Court upheld the rest of the requirements.

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