Federal judge refuses to allow Illinois abortion notification law to take effect Devin Montgomery at 2:54 PM ET
[JURIST] The US District Court for the Northern District Illinois [official website] has refused to dissolve an injunction barring the enforcement of Illinois' Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995 [text], which would require physicians to notify the parents of minors seeking abortions at least 48 hours before performing the procedure. The court has repeatedly prevented the law from taking effect over insufficient rules on how appeals would be handled. The Illinois Supreme Court [official website] adopted the necessary procedures [text] in 2006, prompting Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan [official website] to request [press release; motion, PDF] that the court dissolve the injunction. The district court ruled Friday that the law was still "contradictory and incomplete." Madigan's office said Saturday that it was weighing its options on whether to challenge the decision, but opponents of the law [advocacy website] heralded what they hope to be the end of the statute.
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