Court revives Ill. abortion notification law

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A federal appeals court has revived the fortunes of a decades-old Illinois law requiring teenage girls to notify their parents before getting abortions.

A federal appeals court has revived the fortunes of a decades-old Illinois law requiring teenage girls to notify their parents before getting abortions. The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday reversed a lower court’s ruling that had barred enforcement of the measure. The lower court found that a provision of the law giving teens the option of getting court approval instead of parental consent was not workable. But the appellate court disagreed. The legislation was passed in 1984, then updated in 1995. It says minors can’t get abortions without telling their parents or getting a court’s okay to bypass the requirement. Until now, it’s never been enforced because of legal wrangling. Anti-abortion forces have called for years for authorities to enforce the law. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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