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Montana Supreme Court: State can defend abortion notification laws

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HELENA, Mont. -

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled court hearings must be held to determine the constitutionality of laws requiring parental notice and parental consent before minors can have abortions.

Planned Parenthood sued over a 1995 law that required doctors to notify parents before performing an abortion on a minor under the age of 18. In 1999, a District Court judge ruled that law was unconstitutional.

In 2011, Montana voters passed a ballot measure requiring parental notice before performing abortions on minors under the age of 16. Two years later, the Legislature passed a law requiring parental consent for abortions performed on minors under 18.

Planned Parenthood sued in May 2013, arguing the 1999 ruling meant the later laws also were unconstitutional. A District Court judge agreed.

A split Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the issues weren't identical and therefore need to be decided in court.

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