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Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey

Significance, Win Some, Lose Some, The Dark Horse, Massachusetts's Abortion Consent Act


Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania


Robert P. Casey, Governor of Pennsylvania, et al.

Petitioner's Claim

That under the due process clause of the Constitution, the 1988 and 1989 amendments to the Pennsylvania abortion law were illegal.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Kathryn Kolbert

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Ernest D. Preate, Jr., Attorney General of Pennsylvania

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Anthony M. Kennedy (writing for the Court), Sandra Day O'Connor, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens

Justices Dissenting

William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Byron R. White


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

29 June 1992


Judicial respect for precedent required the Court to reaffirm Roe v. Wade, the Court's 1973 decision making abortion legal in the United States. The justices declared Pennsylvania's Abortion Control Act law constitutional in part and unconstitutional in part.

Related Cases

  • Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).
  • Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 492 U.S. 490 (1989).


Massachusetts General Laws Annotated, Chapter 112, Section 12S.

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