How legal precedence applies to the controversial pre-abortion ultrasound bill

    Legislation making its way around the Pennsylvania Capitol could add the Commonwealth to the list of seven states that require women to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion.

    The bill has sparked a heated debate among women’s rights activists and those on both side of the abortion argument. But what’s the legal precedence?

    The Constitution Daily takes us back to a Supreme Court case from the late 19th century that address people’s rights to seek medical procedures only as they deem necessary for themselves. Take a look at how, over time, there has become a legal need to balance “bodily integrity” with informed consent.

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