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Bellotti v. Baird

United States Supreme Court
443 U.S. 622 (1979)


Facts

A Massachusetts law requires parental notice and consent for any unmarried minor seeking an abortion in the state. If one or both parents refuse consent, the law provides an alternative procedure whereby the minor can obtain an abortion by appearing before a judge and receiving approval for the procedure, although parental notification is still required before the procedure can be performed. Baird (plaintiff) brought a class action suit on behalf of pregnant minors in federal district court against Bellotti and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (defendants) challenging the constitutionality of the statute as a violation of Roe v. Wade (1973). The district court invalidated the statute as unconstitutional, and Bellotti appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

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