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Since the Supreme Court's 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, abortion has occupied a lot of the Court's time and energy. Beyond the legalization of the procedure, the Court has had to wrestle with several related issues, as well. Ranging from parental consent laws to waiting periods, from state-and federal-funding denials to procedural regulations, the Court has ruled on many abortion-related issues, most of them more than three times. Although most of these issues were ruled on in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992), the Court's invocation of the "undue burden" test will probably cause the Court as many headaches as did Roe's "trimester framework."


Political Science