Casey Reconsidered

Father's Interests in Mother's Decision to Abort or Deliver Their Fetus

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U. S. 833 (1992), confirmed a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy without governmental interference.  Casey, however, also wrongly terminated the constitutional interests of anticipatory fathers in their unborn children.  This paper, Casey Reconsidered, proposes reasonable changes to federal abortion law to restore paternal constitutional interests in their fetuses.  It also proposes changes that ask mothers to consider the impact of their decision to abort or deliver a fetus on the father of that fetus. Click here to read this extended academic paper on abortion law by Brad Lancaster.