Ill. Supreme Court Ends Challenges to Abortion Law

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A lengthy legal battle over an abortion notification law appears to be ending, clearing the way for Illinois to begin enforcing a 1995 measure requiring doctors to notify a girl's parents before she undergoes the procedure.

Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court ruling says the case shouldn't be reconsidered and has to be enforced -- unless there's an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The law requires doctors to notify a girl's parents 48 hours before an abortion, unless she gets permission from a judge. It applies to girls 17 and younger.

The 1995 law was never enforced because of legal challenges. The ACLU sued, saying young women were capable of making medical decisions.

But anti-abortion activists argued parents were being denied basic rights if their children got abortions without their knowledge.

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