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Illinois Supreme Court might resurrect old law on parental notification

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By AP/KWMU

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois Supreme Court has opened the door to possibly resurrecting an 11-year old law that has never been enforced, but which requires parental notification before a minor has an abortion.

The court released a one-sentence statement Monday announcing its decision to resurrect the Parental Notice of Abortion Act.

The ruling overturns a move by the court in 1996 that effectively killed the law. Justices at the time refused to establish rules for appeals, meaning that the measure couldn't be enforced.

Court spokesman Joseph Tybor says the court hasn't yet set a date for releasing the necessary rules.

The notification law says doctors must give at least 48 hours notice to a parent, grandparent, step-parent living in the home or legal guardian before an abortion could be performed on anyone under 18 years old.

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