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Montana Supreme Court reverses judge's order regarding teens and abortion

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HELENA -- The Montana Supreme Court has reversed a Helena judge's nearly year-old ruling regarding teens and abortion; clearing the way for the matter to go back to district court.

Last February, District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock ruled the state cannot defend a law requiring girls under 18 to get permission from their parents before getting abortions.

The ruling was a result of a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood.

Judge Sherlock said the issue was already decided in a 1999 case and the state cannot re-litigate the same question.

Two years ago, lawmakers passed House Bill 391 requiring minors to get parental permission before getting an abortion. It came on the heals of voters passing a referendum which requires parental notification before a child under 16 can get an abortion.

Planned parenthood had argued those two actions didn't take into account at-risk teens who needed help and care rather than parental involvement that could put them in danger.

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