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Hodgson v. Minnesota

Judicial Background, The Case At Hand, The Lower Courts Rule, The Supreme Court Affirms The Court Of Appeals Decision


Jane Hodgson, et al.


State of Minnesota, et al.

Petitioner's Claim

That a Minnesota law requiring minors to notify both their parents before obtaining an abortion was unconstitutional.

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

John Tunheim

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Janet Benshoof

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, John Paul Stevens (writing for the Court)

Justices Dissenting

Anthony M. Kennedy, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Byron R. White


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

25 June 1990


Affirmed the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals holding the two-parent notification policy unconstitutional where there is no provision for judicial bypass.


The Supreme Court's decision in Hodgson v. Minnesota slowed the trend toward restriction of abortion rights begun in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services. However, its split judgment reflected the ambivalence of the Court in cases dealing with statutory constraints on the availability of abortion.


The "split decision" issued by the Court in Hodgson v. Minnesota did little to clarify the Court's position on the restriction of abortion rights, but provided grist for both sides of the issue in subsequent cases.

Related Cases

  • Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).
  • Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health, 462 U.S. 416 (1983).
  • Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 492 U.S. 490 (1989).
  • Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992).

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