Litigation - Historical Cases

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota v...., 530 F.3d 724 (8th Cir.)(en banc)(2008)

PLANNED PARENTHOOD MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA; Carol E. Ball, M.D., Appellees,
v.
Mike ROUNDS, Governor, in his official capacity; Larry Long, Attorney General, in his official capacity, Appellants, Alpha Center; Black Hills Crisis Pregnancy Center, doing business as Carenet; Dr. Glenn A. Ridder, M.D.; Eleanor D. Larsen, M.A., LSWA, Intervenors on Appeal. No. 05–3093. | Submitted: April 11, 2007. | Filed: June 27, 2008.

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota v...., 686 F.3d 889 (8th Cir.)(en banc)(2012)

PLANNED PARENTHOOD MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA; Carol E. Ball, M.D., Appellees/Cross Appellants,
v.
Mike ROUNDS, Governor; Marty J. Jackley, Attorney General, in their official capacities, Appellants/Cross Appellees, Alpha Center; Black Hills Crisis Pregnancy Center, doing business as Care Net; Dr. Glenn A. Ridder, M.D.; Eleanor D. Larsen, M.A., L.S.W.A.,
Appellants.

Christian Medical & Dental Associations; American Association of Pro–Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists; Catholic Medical Association; Physicians for Life; National Association of Pro– Life Nurses; Family Research Council; Care Net; Heartbeat International, Incorporated; National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, Incorporated; Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund; American College of Pediatricians, Amici Curiae.

In the Matter of BABY M, a Pseudonym for an actual person, 109 N.J. 396 (1988)(New Jersey Supreme Court)

Harold Cassidy was Chief Counsil in the historic Baby M case, to represent the Surrogate Mother who sought to have the Surrogacy Contract declare unjustified. As the first certified surrogate mother contract case in the nation, the court at Cassidy's urging, struck down the contract as uninforaceable, contrary to the public policy, and exploitative of women. The powerful and poetic opinion of the unanimous Supreme Court, written by Chief Justice Robert Wilentz, influenced development of the law throughout the world and was taught in law schools accross the country.

The A.G.R Case

Harold Cassidy successfully represented a surrogate mother in the first certified "gestational" surrogacy case in New Jersey. The court struck down the contract as unjustified, violative of public policy and exploitive of women. The opinion follows.