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Ill. Supreme Court ends challenge to abortion law

Abortion opponents say Illinois has been a haven for teens seeking abortions from states with stricter laws.
Abortion opponents say Illinois has been a haven for teens seeking abortions from states with stricter laws. John Badman/The Telegraph/associated press

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Supreme Court ended a lengthy and emotionally charged legal appeal about an abortion notification law Thursday, clearing the way for the state to begin enforcing a 1995 measure that requires doctors to notify a girl’s parents 48 hours before the procedure.

The court ruled unanimously to uphold a circuit court’s earlier dismissal of a challenge to the law that was filed by a Granite City women’s health clinic and a doctor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

After court battles that lasted nearly two decades, Illinois now joins 38 other states in requiring some level of parental notification. The law goes into effect in 35 days unless it is appealed to the US Supreme Court, which has found such laws to be constitutional elsewhere.

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