Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- so we are again doubtful that certiorari will be granted in any cases today.

Pruitt v. Nova Health Systems

Petition for certiorari denied on November 12, 2013
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
12-1170 Okla. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2013

Issue: (1) Whether the Oklahoma Supreme Court erred in declaring the Oklahoma Ultrasound Act, which requires the performance, display, and explanation of a pre-abortion ultrasound, to be facially unconstitutional under Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey in light of this Court’s ruling that informational requirements further "the State’s legitimate interest of reducing the risk that a woman may elect an abortion, only to discover later, with devastating psychological consequences, that her decision was not fully informed;" (2) whether the Oklahoma Supreme Court erred in interpreting Casey as prohibiting informed consent laws requiring the performance, display and explanation of pre-abortion ultrasounds – an interpretation that directly conflicts with that of the Fifth Circuit in Texas Medical Providers Providing Abortion Services v. Lakey and the interpretation of Casey in the Eighth Circuit’s recent decisions reviewing other informed consent requirements; and (3) whether Casey requires state courts to presume all state regulations of abortion are unconstitutional under federal law, absent controlling authority from this Court.

DateProceedings and Orders
Feb 22 2013Application (12A832) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from March 4, 2013 to March 25, 2013, submitted to Justice Sotomayor.
Feb 25 2013Application (12A832) granted by Justice Sotomayor extending the time to file until March 25, 2013.
Mar 22 2013Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due April 25, 2013)
Apr 22 2013Waiver of right of respondents Nova Health Systems, et al. to respond filed.
Apr 30 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 16, 2013.
May 2 2013Response Requested . (Due June 3, 2013)
Jun 3 2013Brief of respondents Nova Health Systems, et al. in opposition filed.
Jun 4 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 20, 2013.
Jun 25 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 26, 2013.
Nov 4 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 8, 2013.
Nov 12 2013Petition DENIED.
 
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