Supreme Court ruling on abortion notification

The Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that a 17-year-old Dakota County girl can have an abortion without telling her mother.

Under state law, children under the age of 18 must notify their parents of planned abortions at least 48 hours before the procedure.  However, the law doesn't apply to children not under the care or control of their parents.

The Supreme Court's opinion released Friday reverses the decision of Dakota County District Court Judge William Binkard. He ruled that the girl was not mature and an abortion without parental notification was not in her best interests.

The high court says the girl was clearly not dependent on the mother. The girl lives with her boyfriend and their 2-month-old son, owns a car, has two jobs and pays her own expenses.