In Helena a judge is saying that the state Attorney Generals office can not defend a state law requiring minors to receive their parents permission when seeking an abortion.
The judge ruled on this stating the matter was ruled unconstitutional 15 years ago. The legislature passed a bill in 2013 and Planned Parenthood of Montana sued to have it ruled unconstitutional. District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock said in Friday's ruling, the issue already has been decided when Judge Dorothy McCarter ruled that requiring minors to notify their parents before an abortion violated their constitutional rights to privacy and equal protection. Sherlock said the state supreme court has ruled against a reopening of the similar issue because it involves the same parties as before, and they already had their opportunity in court.