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Parental notification law is put on hold

November 05, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Hours after a state medical board voted to allow the enforcement of a law requiring that a teenager's parents be notified before she has an abortion, a judge put the measure back on hold.

Cook County Judge Daniel Riley said the American Civil Liberties Union, which sought the restraining order, had "demonstrated the distinct possibility of irreparable harm." His order will remain in effect until he hears arguments on the issue.

The law, passed in 1995 but never enforced, requires doctors to notify the parents or guardians of girls 17 or younger 48 hours before the teens get abortions. It requires no notice in a medical emergency or in cases of sexual abuse, and a provision allows girls to bypass parental notification by going to a judge. Thirty-five other states have similar laws.

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