Illinois Supreme Court dismisses challenge to abortion law

By WEEK Producer

July 11, 2013 Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Illinois Supreme Court decided on Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995.

The law requires doctors to inform the parents or guardians 48 hours before an abortion was performed on a minor except in cases of a medical emergency, sexual abuse, neglect or physical abuse.

The decision clears the way for the state to enforce the law following a lengthy legal battle.

Illinois lawmakers passed the law in 1995, but it never took effect.

Planned Parenthood officials expressed their disappointment in the decision in a statement released Thursday.

"Planned Parenthood agrees that in an ideal world, parents would be involved in their teens’ health care and engaged in healthy dialogue around responsible decision making...but in some cases, safe and open communication is not possible," said Carole Brite, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois."In those cases, research shows mandatory parental notice laws do not enhance parent-teen communication. Rather, they can be harmful to teens’ health and well-being."

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