A law forcing notification or consent doesn’t help a young person who feels that they cannot turn to their parents out of fear for their safety or parental anger and disappointment. It simply makes it harder for them to access safe and legal care.
Parental consent and notification laws are built on a series of myths about young people, families, abortion, and the judicial process.
While forced parental involvement laws aren’t new, more states have been passing them or tightening their existing laws to decrease access to abortion for teens.
This week, some anti-choice efforts hit roadblocks, while pro-choice activists across the country fed off the momentum from Texas.
The Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act, first passed in 1995, which has never been enacted due to various legal challenges, cleared one legal hurdle this afternoon.
An Illinois court reviews a long unenforced parental notification act.
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Quite the contentious issue, the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act has never been enacted due to a court injunction — until now. The law, scheduled to go into effect yesterday, now remains in political limbo pending a lawsuit and considerations from a regulation department.
A hotline set up by the ACLU in Illinois is intended to help teens in need exercise their due process rights to a judicial bypass option in case they need an abortion but do not want to notify their parents. These and other efforts seek to protect the rights of pregnant young women who cannot inform their parents of their pregnancy and abortion, often because of concern for their physical safety or abandonment, or because their parents are inaccessible. In such cases, a young woman seeking an abortion can bring her case to a judge, who in turn can permit the medical procedure without the required notification or consent.