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Ohio v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health (1990)

In Brief

Ohio v. Akron Ctr. for Reproductive Health (1990): Court upholds one-parent notice requirement with judicial bypass but leaves open question of whether bypass is required

The Ohio legislature passed a law requiring one-parent notice for a minor's abortion. The law also provided a judicial bypass procedure allowing the minor to go directly to court for an order permitting the abortion to proceed without her parent's knowledge.

An abortion clinic, an abortion doctor, and a pregnant minor filed suit claiming the law was unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court disagreed, noting that its prior rulings have required a judicial bypass procedure for parental consent statutes and leaving open the question of whether parental notice statutes also must contain such procedures.

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