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Suit Challenges Parental Notification Law

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE - Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit today challenging a new state law that requires physicians to notify parents when their minor daughters seek abortions.

The suit was filed in filed in U-S District court in Tallahassee by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Center for Reproductive Rights. They say the law could endanger girls by delaying emergency treatment and are seeking to block it before takes effect July First.

The measure requires doctors to phone or meet with parents 48 hours before an abortion. If that's not possible, they can use certified mail 72 hours in advance. In a medical emergency, doctors can bypass those limits.

Governor Jeb Bush, who signed the law last month, said he hopes it is upheld. Other supporters say the concerns were already addressed by the careful wording of the law.


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