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The Illinois Supreme Court announced on Wednesday that it would hear a case regarding if the state must notify parents before children can obtain an abortion.
CHICAGO, IL (Catholic Online) - The 1995 law requires parental notification, but hasn't been enforced because of a litany of legal challenges.
The US Supreme Court has already upheld the rights of parents to "provide guidance and counsel in this very sensitive area."
However, abortion advocates claim that parental notification can result in "real-life harms."
Although this argument clearly ignores the real life harms of abortion (including the death of the baby), it is believed that in extreme cases, young mothers could be subjected to abuse from their parents if it is learned that they are pregnant or seeking an abortion.
Despite the current status of the case, if the state supreme court upholds the law, challenges to it are likely to persist.
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