At its conference Thursday, the Supreme Court will decide whether to grant review in a case addressing an Idaho abortion statute, which states that minors 17 years old or younger may receive an abortion without obtaining parental or judicial consent if they experience a medical emergency. At issue is the specific language defining a medical emergency and also the "medical judgment" standard for the physician who determines the emergency. A 9th Circuit panel found the language unconstitutional.
Supreme Court Asked to Weigh In on Minors' Access to Abortions
March 23, 2005