Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for breaking.jpgFrom the Associated Press, an hour ago:

A federal appeals court has revived the fortunes of a decades-old IL law requiring teenage girls to notify their parents before getting abortions.
The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday reversed a lower court’s ruling that had barred enforcement of the measure.

Here’s a press release from the legal victors, the team at Chicago’s Thomas More Society (which also successfully represented Scheidler before the U.S. Supreme Court in NOW vs. Scheidler) …

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit dissolved the federal injunction against the IL Parental Notice of Abortion Act. As a direct result of the court’s decision (Zbaraz v. Hartigan), IL parents will be entitled, for the first time since Roe v. Wade was decided, to notification before their minor daughters are taken for abortions. The decision is the culmination of four years work by the Thomas More Society, particularly TMS Special Counsel Paul Linton….

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The Parental Notice Act has been in legal limbo for more than 10 years because of the IL Supreme Court’s refusal to issue the rules necessary to make the Act effective. Since the passage of the Act in 1995, over 50k IL minors have obtained abortions, more than 4k of whom were 14 years old or younger, without any requirement to notify their parents beforehand.

Chart above indicates in 2007 alone 257 girls ages 14 and under were aborted without legal notice to their parents.
I spoke with Linton. The other side could appeal for the full 7th Circuit to rehear the case, which would likely prove unsuccessful. But that would buy the industry 3-4 months to abort more underage girls sans parental involvement.
After that, the other side could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, but it would have more to lose by so doing than pro-lifers.
The other side has three weeks to play its hand. So it ain’t quite over. But this was likely the last judicial roadblock.

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