Bellotti v. Baird
Francis X. Bellotti, Attorney General of Massachusetts
William R. Baird, Jr.
Massachusetts' Act to Protect Unborn Children and Maternal Health is constitutional even if minor women are not permitted to have an abortion without parental consent and cannot obtain a court order permitting abortion without notification of parents.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
Gerrick F. Cole
Chief Lawyers for Appellee
Joseph J. Balliro, John H. Henn
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (writing for the Court), William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart
Byron R. White
Date of Decision
2 July 1979
The U.S Supreme Court affirmed a federal district court's finding that a Massachusetts statute regulating abortions to minors was unconstitutional because it required notification and consultation of parents, even if a court found an adolescent competent and sufficiently mature to make her own decision about receiving an abortion.
- Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510 (1925).
- McKeiver v. Pennsylvania, 403 U.S. 528 (1971).
- Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).
- Doe v. Bolton, 410 U.S. 179 (1973).
- Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri v. Danforth, 428 U.S. 52 (1976).
- Benshoof, Janet. "Abortion Rights and Wrongs." The Nation, October 14, 1996, p. 19.
- The Center for Reproductive Law and Policy. http://www.crlp.org
- Oberman, Michelle. "Turning Girls into Women: Re-Evaluating Modern Statutory Rape Law." Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, summer 1994, p. 15.
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