Attorneys on both sides of the issue said the law -- which was passed in 1984 and updated in 1995 -- would take effect within weeks unless its critics ask for a stay and the three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agrees to put its order on hold pending a rehearing.
Anti-abortion activists applauded the appeals court's decision as a long-overdue victory, while opponents of the law said the measure was guaranteed to usher in dangerous problems.[..]
The appeals court described the measure as "a permissible attempt to help a young woman make an informed choice about whether to have an abortion."
The law does not require parental consent, only that parents be notified 48 hours before an abortion for a girl 17 or younger.