Newspapers want courts to unseal abortion case

    Several newspapers are seeking to open a sealed state Supreme Court case regarding abortion.

    The Morning Call of Allentown, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association want the case opened to examine the judges’ interpretations of the law.

    The case involves a minor who was denied permission for an abortion by an Allegheny County judge.

    State law allows a minor to seek a judge’s permission if she can’t get it from her parents.

    The teenager appealed to Superior Court and lost. She then appealed to the Supreme Court, which has yet to hear the case.

    It’s unclear if she had the baby because the case is sealed to protect her identity.

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