Yesterday, after facing nearly 15 years of legal challenges, Illinois' Parental Notice of Abortion Act was given the green light. But just for a moment. Later in the day, in response to a lawsuit by the Illinois ACLU, a Cook County judge put up a big stop sign, in the form of a temporary restraining order against the law. So the law remains inactive, at least for now. The law would require that a minor's parents be notified before their daughter gets an abortion. The ACLU questions the law's state constitutionality, claiming it would cause “serious and irreversible harm to teens.” We take a look at the effects similar laws have had in other states across the country with Claire Brindis
. She's a professor of pediatrics at the University of California in San Francisco, and also directs the University's Philip Lee Institute for Policy Health Studies. Related:Adolescents & Parental Notification for Abortion: What can California Learn from the Experience of Other States?