It's been on hold for more than 15 years but the Illinois Supreme Court may finally bring a resolution to a law that requires parents be notified before their child has an abortion. The Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act was enacted in 1995 but has never been enforced because of a lawsuit contesting its constitutionality. The law requires physicians to notify parents before a young woman has an abortion.
The ACLU is representing the plaintiffs in the Hope Clinic versus Brent Adams case. Spokesperson Lorie Chaiten says they've never had an opportunity to prove the merits of the case in trial. She says the Supreme Court has long recognized constitutional protections for a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy. She hopes the justices will finally allow the case to be heard in a trial court.