Teaching Supreme Court Cases: Planned Parenthood v. Casey

This blog and the accompanying resource are part of a Shaped monthly series providing teachers for Grades 6–12 with downloadable U.S. history classroom resources and discussion topics.

Abortion is a very sensitive subject in the classroom. But as a subject of debate throughout history—one that has made its way to the Supreme Court—it can be important to address when teaching social studies. This is especially true given that the topic continues to be discussed widely in society and within government at the state and federal levels.

Your students may already be familiar with Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that led to a ruling that women have the right to an abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy. But they may be less familiar with the Planned Parenthood v. Casey case that followed, which challenged Pennsylvania abortion control laws requiring that minors receive consent from a parent 24 hours before the procedure and that married women notify their husbands before having an abortion.

Have your students dive into this Supreme Court case with this worksheet, where they can read the details about the case and analyze the ruling by answering two key questions. 



Learn more about HMH Social Studies, including the Judicial Inquiries program for middle and high school students to study 25 landmark Supreme Court cases that continue to impact their lives.

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