With less than a half an hour of debate, the state Senate onThursday overwhelmingly approved legislation that would generallyrequire girls under 18 to notify their parents if they plan tohave an abortion, a move that virtually guarantees aconstitutional challenge once Gov. Christine Todd Whitman signsthe bill into law.

The Senate approved the bill, A-527, sponsored byAssemblyman John Rooney, R-Bergen, and Assemblywoman MarionCrecco, R-Essex, after an 11th-hour stumbling block was ironedout between the Legislature and the governor’s office.

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