by Steven Ertelt
November 1, 2005
Minneapolis, MN (LifeNews.com) — A Minnesota judge has rescinded his ruling last month that a Planed Parenthood abortion business violated state law when it failed to notify the parents of a 17 year-old girl that she was considering an abortion. The judge previously ruled the abortion center broke the law.
After his ruling, Planned Parenthood asked Judge David Higgs to reconsider his decision.
Today, Judge Higgs revoked his previous decision and determine that a jury trial should be conducted to determine if Planned Parenthood is liable for violating the state’s parental notice provisions.
Higgs initially ruled on October 6 that Planned Parenthood was liable for damages in a lawsuit filed by the girl’s parents concerning the December 2002 abortion at its St. Paul abortion facility.
Planned Parenthood argued the state law doesn’t apply in the case because the girl in question had been pregnant once before. The abortion business says that allowed it to determine that notification wasn’t needed for the abortion of the second pregnancy.
"Clearly our definition is that she was a legal adult," Marta Coursey, Planned Parenthood’s director of marketing communications, told the Associated Press. "We are really committed to making sure this young woman’s rights are protected."
Attorney John Angell, who represents the parents, told AP, "My clients feel the relationship between a minor and parents have been breached by this."
"They have a right to be notified and respond accordingly. They were never notified," Angell added.
Both the teen and her parents are protected from having their identities revealed under a court order.
The Minnesota Department of Health says there were 13,788 abortions reported in 2004, compared to 14,174 in 2003 — a decrease of nearly three percent.
The abortion report covers 2004, the first full year the Woman’s Right to Know law was in place. The law requires abortion centers to inform women of abortion risks, complications and alternatives. It also provides women with facts on fetal development throughout gestation, the facts of fetal pain and other vital information.
In 2004, a total of 15,859 pregnant women sought out information about abortion services, but more than 2,100 decided against having an abortion.
Related web sites:
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life – https://www.mccl.org