The Informed Free Choice Act Essay

918 Words May 5th, 2016 4 Pages
deliver the opinion of the court with respect to section I of the Informed Free Choice Act. Section I of the IFCA mandates that all abortions in columbia, whether occurring before or after viability be performed in state accredited hospitals. Accreditation is regarded as one of the key benchmarks for measuring the quality of an organization. It is in the best interest of the woman seeking an abortion to receive the best care possible for her own safety. Section II of the IFCA requires that each woman seeking an abortion complete a questionnaire designed to ascertain her understanding of the risks associated with abortion, her awareness of alternatives to this procedure, her knowledge of fetal development and her reasons for choosing to terminate the pregnancy. In planned parenthood V. Casey, it provides that states indeed have the right to regulate some aspects of abortion by— imposing a 24 hour waiting period and requiring parental consent for minors— such power to constrain a woman’s choice had limits. As Judge O Connor put it “only where state regulation imposes an undue burden on a woman’s ability to make a decision does the power of the state reach into the heart of the liberty protected by the Due Process Clause”. The court defines “undue burden” as a law whose purpose or effect is to place a substantial obstacle in the path of the woman seeking an abortion before the fetus attains viability. Therefore, Section II of the Informed Free Choice Act which requires a…

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