By Dave Andrusko
It took nearly 27 years but pro-abortionists in Illinois are on the verge of finally vanquished the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. The vote to end the requirement for a minor girl to notify her parent or guardian passed the Senate by vote 33-22 and the House 62-51.
All that is needed to repeal this ultimate commonsense law is the signature of rabidly pro-abortion Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker.
The writing was on the wall—in 2019 Illinois passed the IIllinois Reproductive Health Act which removed all protections for preborn children in the state—although parents struggled mightily. Indeed, they defeated the initiative as recently at this past June.
The law first passed in 1995 but court challenges kept the law from taking effect until 2013.
Pro-abortionists insisted it was unneeded and overly strict. In fact, the law has numerous exceptions.
For example, as the Belleville News-Democrat’s Sarah Mansur writes, the law has a judicial bypass that “allows for minors to obtain a court waiver, if the minor can show she is mature and well-informed enough to make the decision to obtain an abortion, or that it is not in their best interest to notify an adult family member.”
Public opinion was strongly in favor of parental notification as indicated by a 2021 poll which skewed heavily prochoice (55%) versus 37% prolife.
Question 8 read, “If a minor under age 18 is seeking an abortion, do you think the law should require her parent or guardian to be notified before the procedure?”
To this question, 72% of all respondents answered “yes” or “strongly yes” — with 56% saying “strongly yes” and 16% saying “yes.” Notably, 58% of pro-choice respondents said “yes” to notifying parents before a minor daughter has an abortion, and 76% of minorities polled also supported the Parental Notice of Abortion Law.
Rep. Tom Morrison called the vote a “slap in the face to parents and a grave harm to Illinois girls and those from neighboring states,” who he says will come to Illinois to bypass their own state’s laws.
“The state has prohibited these same girls from getting ear piercings, tattoos, smoking, buying lottery tickets or even visiting indoor tanning salons because they are deemed not mature enough to understand the consequences of their decisions,” Morrison said. “Getting pregnant as a minor is a very serious matter, just as getting a surgical or chemical abortion as a minor is a very serious matter. In either case, parents have a right to know what’s going on with their children.”