Court Upholds Illinois Abortion Notification Law

The 7th Circuit on Tuesday upheld a latent Illinois law requiring doctors to notify the parents of teenage girls seeking abortions, calling it “a permissible attempt to help a young woman make an informed choice about whether to have an abortion.”

In a case spanning nearly 25 years, a group of physicians challenged the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act. The law does not require parental consent; it only requires doctors to notify parents within 48 hours.

Doctors who violate the notice act can have their licenses suspended or revoked, and face fines of up to $5,000 per violation.

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