Illinois Enforces Parental Notification Law


After 14 years of legal battles, a law in Illinois requiring girls 17 and under to notify their parents of the choice to have an abortion will soon actually be enforced.

While the law does not require consent from the parent—just notification at least 48 hours in advance—the decision has stirred both sides of the abortion issue.

“Anti-abortion activists applauded the appeals court’s decision as a long-overdue victory,” wrote the Chicago Tribune yesterday, “while opponents of the law said the measure was guaranteed to usher in dangerous problems.”

Pro-lifers see this as a necessary precaution to make sure that young girls don’t put themselves in harm’s way at an early age, without the consult of their parents. However, pro-choice advocates see that this is just another step to prevent women taking advantage of their right to an abortion.

Chicago Public Radio reported that Lorie Chaiten, with ACLU Illinois, believes it denies necessary treatment to those who are entitled to it.

“Well, we’re quite disheartened, obviously, by the ruling. We think that it creates real harm for young women who are seeking to access essential healthcare in the face of an unintended pregnancy.”

This decision comes after Arizona’s Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed laws this week mandating a 24-hour waiting period and parental consent, according to Femenisting, as well as strengthening the ban on late-term abortion.

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  • crowepps

    Let’s hope the teen suicide rate doesn’t climb and there aren’t too many deaths from attempts to self-abort using concoctions touted on the internet.

  • invalid-0

    There will also be some who go to a back-alley butcher rather than tell their parents, for whatever reason.

  • invalid-0

    This is a step in the right direction. 1 child dies in our country every 12 seconds because of legalized abortion. 50 million deaths, 10 times the Holocaust. Hasn’t the fog lifted already? Come on people. Enough is enough.

  • invalid-0

    While many consider abortion as murder, what does
    this tell you: Ireland, a country where abortion is
    illegal (except in the case of saving the mother’s life),
    Dublin’s murder rate is around 1 per 100,000, compared
    with Washington D.C. (where, of course, abortion is legal),
    the murder rate is 63 per 100,000. Over 60 times Dublin’s
    rate!! The majority of American’s believe abortion is ‘wrong,’ and would come so far as to say that “I would never do it, I just wouldn’t want to make that choice for someone else.’ That is a cop-out statement, like saying, I believe that wife-beating is wrong, but I wouldn’t want to make that ‘choice’ for my neighbor. So-called intellectuals say that you cannot legislate morality, wheras I say we do it all the time. When are we going to wake up? At least I can imagine or relate to the bystanders in Nazi Germany, when in hindsight we all ask, “how could that ever happen?” It’s happening right now, in front of our very faces, with a death total of 50 million. 50 million? 50 million! I’ll end by repeating an appropriate quote: ‘All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good people do nothing.’ I believe the good people here are the people in the pro-choice camp who are generally good people but who don’t think this really affects them so they do nothing until they are confronted, and then they get mad for whatever reason. At the very least, we have something in the Constitution and Dec. of Independence which declares an inalienable right to life by our Creator. It is scientific fact that a fetus fits the four criteria of life. For heaven’s sake, animals have more rights than an unborn child. Animals! That in in of itself has got to tell you where we place our values. Let’s get this right and start to change the tide of abortion and do what Ireland is doing. STOP ABORTION NOW.

  • invalid-0

    While many consider abortion as murder, what does this tell you: Ireland, a country where abortion is illegal (except in the case of saving the mother’s life), Dublin’s murder rate is around 1 per 100,000, compared with Washington D.C. (where, of course, abortion is legal), the murder rate is 63 per 100,000. Over 60 times Dublin’s rate!!

    That tell me that it’s safer to walk down a dark alley in Dublin than Washington, D.C. You want to talk about inner-city conditions, urban decay and renewal?

    The majority of American’s believe abortion is ‘wrong,’ and would come so far as to say that “I would never do it, I just wouldn’t want to make that choice for someone else.’ That is a cop-out statement, like saying, I believe that wife-beating is wrong, but I wouldn’t want to make that ‘choice’ for my neighbor.

    No, it’s like saying, “I believe that eating pork is wrong, but I wouldn’t want to force that view on my neighbor.” You know, like people in a religiously free society tend to do.

    So-called intellectuals say that you cannot legislate morality, wheras I say we do it all the time.

    Is adultery illegal?

    When are we going to wake up? At least I can imagine or relate to the bystanders in Nazi Germany, when in hindsight we all ask, “how could that ever happen?” It’s happening right now, in front of our very faces, with a death total of 50 million.

    Godwin’s Law strikes again. You lose.

  • invalid-0

    I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that there is
    a correlation between overt homicide rates and
    covert abortion rates, if one were to consider each murder, which millions of people believe. I think that you can’t turn a blind eye to one and think that it doesn’t affect the other, and the numbers of Dublin vs. Washington D.C. show this. Decay on of the value of life? Yes. Just an observation. Also, I hardly consider abortion in the same category as eating pork, like you say. A fetus is a living being known to become a person. My understanding is that Roe v. Wade considers a person to be viable only once he is outside the womb. Which is why now an abortion is legal throughout all 9 months of pregnancy. Godwin? That’s not a law. That’s a bunch of internet junk. Read Santayana’s quote, which is etched in stone at the U of I’s undergrad library: Those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it.