The ACLU of Illinois says the state's abortion notification law will go into effect in 35 days. The Illinois Supreme Court issued a ruling today ending a lengthy and emotionally charged legal battle of a 1995 law that's never been enforced. It requires doctors to notify a girl's parents of her abortion 48 hours before the procedure. It applies to girls 17 and younger. The ACLU represented the southeastern Illinois clinic and the director of the University of Illinois at Chicago's Center for Reproductive Health in the case. The group says the measure "jeopardizes the health and safety of young women." The ACLU says it will spend the next weeks working with healthcare providers and lawyers to counsel girls.
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