Supreme Court Ruling on Abortion

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union says rules issued today by the Illinois Supreme Court may lead some pregnant girls to seek unsafe, illegal abortions "in back alleys."

Lorie Chaiten is director of the Reproductive Rights Project for the A-C-L-U of Illinois. She says the rules place "an undue burden on young women."

The court's rules could lead to enforcement of a state law that would require doctors to notify an unmarried girl's parents 48 hours before performing an abortion.

It was passed in 1995 but never enforced because the state's highest court refused to issue rules spelling out how judges should handle appeals of the notification requirement.

But now the court has issued the necessary rules.


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