TWO MISSOURI-LICENSED physicians and Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri, a nonprofit corporation, originally brought this suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri to challenge the constitutionality of the Missouri abortion statute' (hereinafter referred to as the Act). Striking as "overbroad" only that portion of the Act which would have required physicians to attempt to save an aborted fetus' life at any stage of pregnancy,2 the district court upheld the sections of the statute which required that during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, a married woman seeking an abortion must have the consent of her spouse,' and that an unmarried woman under 18 must have the written consent of a parent or person in loco parentis in order to obtain an abortion, unless a licensed physician certified that the procedure was necessary to save her life.
Long, Sharon L. and Ravenscraft, Patricia
"Abortion, Parental and Spousal Consent, Requirements; Right to Privacy; Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri v. Danforth,"
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