A legal battle that has been underway since 1995 ended Thursday with an Illinois Supreme Court ruling to require a girl's parents to be notified of her abortion 48 hours before it is scheduled to be performed.
The ACLU says the law, which affects girls aged 17 and younger, will go into effect in 35 days. The ACLU represented the director of the University of Illinois at Chicago's Center for Reproductive Health and a southeastern Illinois clinic in the case.
The group plans to work with lawyers and health care providers to counsel girls over the next few weeks and claims the law "jeopardizes the health and safety of young women."
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