Parental notification law blocked

From “Illinois Judge Blocks Parental Notification Law” from CitizenLink:

An activist judge in Illinois has ruled that teens can continue to get an abortion without telling their parents. Illinois is one of 35 states with parental-notification laws, but the 1984 law has never been enforced. Joe Scheidler, national director of the Pro-Life Action League, called the inaction an injustice.“We’re talking here about parents knowing that their minor daughter is having dangerous surgery — sometimes lethal surgery,” he said. “And the courts believe that the parents shouldn’t even know about it.”

Sandy Rios, president of the Culture Campaign, said the Parental Notice of Abortion Act is crucial because Illinois is a magnet for women seeking an abortion.“We have all of these young girls coming from our border states to get abortions because they don’t have to have any parental notification,” she said. “There’s just no law, no regulation. And those of us in Illinois are ashamed of that situation. The law is very clear. We had a law that was passed by the state Legislature years ago. And we can’t get it enacted because of the judicial activism. It is a disgrace.”

As a Christian and pro-life advocate, but especially as a mom, I am so frustrated that parents are not required to be notified in a choice that terminates a life–with consequences for a lifetime. How can anyone think this is okay? “It’s a disgrace” is right.

Yet, Lorie A. Chaiten, Director of American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois’ Reproductive Rights Project, is “thrilled” with the ruling, in hopes that this will be the end of the law. She says, “Judge Coar’s ruling today continues to protect young women from such harm to their health and well-being.” All that is needed is the proper rules in place to protect young women who fear abuse (although I think this is blown out of proportion to further their agenda). And we know they exist. The Supreme Court adopted the rules in 2006, and currently, 35 states have parental notification or permission laws, and most states enforce them. Illinois is the only state in its region that doesn’t have such laws.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14-15


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