When the history of American Jurisprudence in the 20th Century was written, one work compiled the 100 most important cases of the century. Harold Cassidy was counsel in two of them. No attorney had more cases listed. Yet, at the start of the 21st Century, Mr. Cassidy had only begun his most important work.
Long known as an advocate and defender of the rights of pregnant mothers – he was chief counsel in the Baby M case which declared surrogacy contract unenforceable as exploitative of women and against public policy (In the Matter of Baby M, 109 N.J. 396 (1988) – he is widely recognized as the leading attorney in the nation in protecting pregnant mothers against the excesses and abuses of an abortion industry which violates the rights and interests of the women of the nation.
He is widely consulted by state legislatures. In 2008, he won the landmark, cutting edge decision of an en banc Court of the United States Court of Appeals which held that it was constitutional for a state to require an abortion doctor to disclose that the abortion would “terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique,...
living human being” before the physician could take a consent for an abortion. (Planned Parenthood v. Rounds, 530 F.3d 724 (8th Cir. 2008) (en banc) (“Rounds I”). In 2012, he won another landmark opinion from a separate en banc Court of the US Court of Appeals, holding that the abortion doctor must disclose that an abortion places the pregnant mother at “increased risk for suicide ideation and suicide.” (Planned Parenthood v Rounds, 686 F.3d 889 (8th Cir. 2012) (en banc) (“Rounds II”).
For more complete biographical information setting forth Mr. Cassidy’s work, see “Bio.”