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Bellotti v. Baird (1979)

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Concurrence  Rehnquist
End date  1979
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Full case name  Bellotti, Attorney General of Massachusetts, et al. v. Baird, et al.
Citations  443 U.S. 622 (more) 99 S. Ct. 3035; 61 L. Ed. 2d 797; 1979 U.S. LEXIS 17
Prior history  450 F.Supp. 997, affirmed.
Majority  Powell, joined by Burger, Stewart, Rehnquist
Concurrence  Stevens (in judgment only), joined by Brennan, Marshall, Blackmun
Ruling court  Supreme Court of the United States
Similar  Harris v McRae, Eisenstadt v Baird, Webster v Reproductive Health Se, Doe v Bolton, Stenberg v Carhart

Bellotti v. Baird, 443 U.S. 622 (1979) is a United States Supreme Court case that ruled that teenagers do not have to secure parental consent to obtain an abortion.

The Court, 8-1, elaborates on its parental consent decision of 1976. It implies that states may be able to require a pregnant, unmarried minor to obtain parental consent to an abortion so long as the state law provides an alternative procedure to parental approval, such as letting the minor seek a state judge's approval instead. This plurality opinion declined to fully extend the right to seek and obtain an abortion, granted to adult women in Roe v. Wade, to minors. The Court rejected this extension to minors by placing emphasis on the especially vulnerable nature of children, their "inability to make critical decisions in an informed and mature manner; and the importance of the parental role in child rearing."


Bellotti v. Baird (1979) Wikipedia