These are the Supreme Court's major rulings on abortion and minors:
1973--Roe vs. Wade: On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected all state laws prohibiting abortion. The majority opinion, by Justice Harry A. Blackmun, concluded that "the right to personal privacy includes the abortion decision but that this right is not unqualified and must be considered against important state interests in regulation."
1976--Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri vs. Danforth: The court struck down a parental consent requirement for minors on a 5-4 vote. "The state does not have the constitutional authority to give a third party an absolute and possibly arbitrary veto over the decision of the physician and his patient," Blackmun wrote. ". . . Constitutional rights do not mature and come into being magically only when one attains the state-defined age of maturity."
1979--Bellotti vs. Baird: Eight justices struck down a Massachusetts law that required parental consent except in extraordinary circumstances. Four justices said parents should have a role in their daughter's decision but suggested that she should have the option of getting permission through a court. Four others said the girl's right to an abortion may not be blocked.