Court allows hearings in Nevada abortion case
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a request to block a state judge's hearings into the health risks of the pregnancy of a mentally impaired 32-year-old woman.
The Nevada Supreme Court's unanimous ruling allowed Washoe County District Judge Egan Walker to resume the hearing on Tuesday morning in Reno.
The woman's parental guardians asked the court Friday to stop the hearings, saying Walker lacks the authority to terminate the pregnancy of their daughter, who has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old.
They want the baby carried to term in line with their religious beliefs.
But the high court says Walker has the authority to monitor the woman's welfare and hold the hearings.
The woman was living in a Reno group home when she became pregnant 13 weeks ago.