October 1, 2014
In a split decision, the Nebraska Supreme Court Friday rejected a 16-year-old ward of the state's request to waive parental consent to get an abortion, saying the girl had not shown she is sufficiently mature enough to make that decision on her own.
The girl was 10 weeks pregnant and living in foster care when she sought an order this summer from Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon for an abortion. Bataillon rejected the request, saying among other things that she had not shown she was mature enough to make that decision.
In an opinion Friday, the majority of the state's high court agreed. But Justice William Connolly said that because the girl has no legal parents, she didn't have the option of seeking their consent, as required by law.