Planned Parenthood v. Casey

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Katie Couric/Bob Kur/Lisa Myers
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Abortion rights activists and Governor Robert Casey react to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a case that challenged regulations in Pennsylvania law.



"Planned Parenthood v. Casey." Bob Kur, Lisa Myers, correspondent. NBC News. NBCUniversal Media. 29 June 1992. NBC Learn. Web. 2 April 2016.


Kur, B. (Reporter), & Myers, L. (Reporter), & Couric, K. (Anchor). (1992, June 29). Planned Parenthood v. Casey. [Television series episode]. NBC News. Retrieved from


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Planned Parenthood v. Casey


The case that we were talking about--that the Supreme Court was deciding was titled “Planned Parenthood v. Casey.” We're going to get the reaction now of the Casey involved, Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey. Good morning, sir.


KATIE COURIC: What's your reaction to what the Supreme Court has done? It's upheld most of the provisions of the 1989 Pennsylvania law. It has struck down, however, the spousal notification stipulation in that law.

GOVERNOR ROBERT CASEY: Well, I've been listening as I've been waiting to go on with the--to the description of the decision as it's been coming forth in just bits and pieces. But I certainly think it's a victory for the unborn child, because it'll result, in my judgment, in the reduction of the number of abortions in this country. And it also upholds provisions, which, as you know, I think, have been approved by as high as 80 percent of the American people. So to that extent, it moves us away from abortion on demand, in my judgment, and in the direction of a national consensus, the strongest move toward consensus that we've had since Roe vs. Wade was decided in 1973, which, of course, shattered a consensus that was prevalent in this country virtually for many, many years.

KATIE COURIC: How big a blow do you think it is, Governor, to anti-abortion forces that, in fact, the Supreme Court knocked down the spousal notification stipulation in the law?

GOVERNOR ROBERT CASEY: Well, I--obviously we would have preferred to have had that provision upheld, because the--first of all, it goes to the whole question of expanding rights to--to all members of the family. The Roe case, you know, knocked out the husband and knocked out parents of—of minor children, put the state out of the--out of the equation, and all of that. These were historic relationships that were shattered by that decision. And we were hoping that the--the court would recognize in the limited case, and subject to exception to protect the woman, where you have the spouse of the woman, her husband, who has, we think, a legitimate interest in--in knowing about the fact that his child is about to be aborted. We were hoping that would be upheld. It has not been upheld, but if--if the der--descriptions are correct that I've been receiving, the majority of the provisions have been. And I think it's a great step away from abortion on demand, and a step that will result, in my judgment, in the reduction of the numbers of abortions in this country. For example, if the provision--and I guess we don't know this yet--that says that a minor daughter should obtain the consent of her parent, subject to court bypass to protect the minor--if that's upheld, there's been experience in states like Minnesota that have—have shown sharp reductions in the numbers of abortions for--for minor children when that kind of provision's in place. Because you restore the discipline of the family to the relationship, instead of driving the daughter away from her parents, you put them together, and I think that's the way the law should work.

KATIE COURIC: All right. Governor Robert Casey, thanks so much for joining us this morning.


KATIE COURIC: Now we're going to go back to Bob Kur at the Supreme Court. Bob.

BOB KUR: Katie, I'm with Marcia Greenburger, president of the National Women's Law Center here in Washington, and Lisa Myers of NBC News, who covers abortion for us. The governor of Pennsylvania, Casey, has just said that this is a great setback to abortion on demand and that this will result, he thinks, in a reduction of the number of abortions on demand performed. Marcia, is that the way you see this ruling?

MARCIA GREENBURGER: I think that it is a major cutback in women's constitutional right to choose. We don't have abortion on demand in this country, and I think that's inflammatory language. But what we do have is a new and a much weaker test. I'm afraid that that's going to mean that anti-choice legislatures all over the country are going to be pressing to push the boundaries, to figure out how far they can go to restrict women's right to choose.

BOB KUR: Lisa Myers, what is in this decision, in case some people are just tuning into us?

LISA MYERS: Well, the court--the court has up--the court has upheld a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion, the informed consent provisions, which would require women to be told the--both the benefits and the dangers of childbirth and abortion, and about fetal development. But they--the court has struck down a provision, which would require women to tell their husbands before they receive an abortion.

BOB KUR: OK, thank you, Lisa Myers and Marcia Greenburger. There are other decisions pending before the court relating to abortion. There will be lots of debate before the debate starts in here about how this case might affect those. Back to you, Katie.

KATIE COURIC: Bob Kur, thanks so much. We'll have more details as events warrant, and a complete wrap-up this evening on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. For now, I'm Katie Couric, NBC News, New York.