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Federal court upholds Ohio parental consent law for abortions

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio upheld on Thursday a state law that requires minors to get parental consent for an abortion and for all women to meet with a doctor 24 hours before the procedure. The court ruled that the requirements were not "undue burdens" on the right to an abortion. Most states have laws requiring parental consent or notice. A similar law took effect in Texas earlier this month [JURIST report], and a federal court in Florida rejected an injunction [JURIST report] against that state's consent law in July as part of pending litigation. However, the Ninth Circuit in July overturned a consent law in Idaho [JURIST report], calling the medical necessity exception too narrow. AP has more.

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