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  • Have you waited over 24 hours, asked for consent to do this procedure, if you are a minor a parent must me present, and also if you are married have you informed your husband at all?
  • Hi, I'm here today to get an abortion.
  • The Pennsylvania legislature amended its abortion control law in 1988 and 1989. Among the new provisions, the law required informed consent and a 24 hour waiting period prior to the procedure. A minor seeking an abortion required the consent of one parent. These provisions were challenged by several abortion clinics and physicians.
  • Of course ma’am, follow me this way.
  • Hello, I'm here to get an abortion.
  • Can a state require women who want an abortion to obtain informed consent, wait 24 hours, if married, notify their husbands, and, if minors, obtain parental consent, without violating their right to abortion as guaranteed by Roe v. Wade?
  •  The Supreme Court established that restrictions on abortion are unconstitutional if they place an “undue burden” on a woman seeking an abortion before the fetus is viable.
  • The impact that this has had allows women to make their own decisions about their own body and not get consent from anyone else. 
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