TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Gov. Lawton Chiles vetoed a bill Thursday that would have required girls under 18 to give their parents 48 hours notice before getting an abortion.

Chiles agreed with the American Civil Liberties Union and other opponents that the bill would violate women's privacy rights under the Florida Constitution.

The state Supreme Court has already ruled that ``the explicit privacy right provided in the state Constitution encompasses a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy, and that right applies to minors as well as to adults,'' he said.

``We are very pleased that the governor understood how harmful this piece of legislation could have been,'' said Charlene Carres, lobbyist for the Florida Coalition of Independent Abortion Providers.

John Dowless, director of the Christian Coalition of Florida, predicted that the decision would increase abortions, saying of Chiles: ``His lack of concern for life and the value of life is incredible.''

The governor noted that the state Supreme Court struck down a law in 1989 that required minors to get parental consent for abortions.

The current law did not require consent, only that parents be notified, so it did not prevent a girl from carrying plans to get an abortion whether her parents approved or not, backers argued.

``But because the Supreme Court has already spoken to the application of the constitution's privacy provision in the termination of pregnancy decisions of a minor, nothing would be gained by allowing this ... to become law,'' said Chiles.