New Hampshire's notification law, which was initially struck down [opinion] by the the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit because it did not contain a medical exception to protect the health of the minor, was subsequently considered [JURIST report] by the US Supreme Court [official website]. The Court vacated the lower court ruling [JURIST report] in 2006 and remanded the case, holding [opinion] that
if enforcing a statute that regulates access to abortion would be unconstitutional in medical emergencies, invalidating the statute entirely is not always necessary or justified, for lower courts may be able to render a narrower declaratory and injunctive relief.
The district court is expected to dismiss the remanded case once Lynch signs the bill repealing the notification law, which will render the proceeding moot. The New York Times has more.
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