Illinois high court to consider abortion-notice law

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Posted on September 20, 2012 at 6:48 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A never-enforced law requiring minors to notify their parents before getting an abortion is about to be reviewed by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for Thursday.

The law was passed in 1995, but legal challenges have kept it from ever going into effect. It requires parents to be notified two days before a minor gets an abortion. Girls could bypass that by going to a judge.

Supporters argue that it’s important for parents to be informed and help guide minors about such a big decision.

But critics say the law would put some girls in danger by notifying abusive parents. They maintain there’s no good reason for the state to interfere in a personal decision.

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