Mar. 30, 2005 – On Monday the United States Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the Idaho Attorney General seeking to reinstate an anti-abortion law that a lower court had said was so strict and narrow it could interfere with a womanâ€™s right to undergo the procedure, even if her pregnancy was life threatening.
At issue was a law requiring women under the age of eighteen to obtain permission from a parent or a judge before obtaining an abortion, except in "sudden and unexpected" emergencies.
By turning aside the case without comment, the US Supreme Court let stand a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which had determined in the summer of 2004 that Idahoâ€™s parental consent requirement was unreasonably narrow.
Despite the ruling, lawmakers are considering another bill that would reinstate much of the disputed law.