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Illinois Supreme Court to consider abortion-notice law

2:09 PM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Supreme Court will decide whether the legal battle continues over a never-enforced abortion-notification law.

Justices heard arguments Thursday on whether the law's opponents should be allowed to present their arguments in a trial.

The law requires girls 17 and younger to notify a parent 48 hours before an abortion. They could also seek a judge's permission.

Lawsuits and legal technicalities have kept the 1995 measure from ever taking effect.

The medical professionals challenging the law want a court to hear their complaints that it violates Illinois constitutional protection against invasion of privacy and gender discrimination.

Lawyers for the attorney general say the plaintiffs haven't offered enough evidence that they have a right to a trial under federal abortion law and Illinois legal precedent.

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