Were you glued to your computer monitor yesterday watching the White House’s Healthcare Summit? If not you probably didn’t notice the glaring lack of women legislators invited. And naturally the issue of abortion was one of the many objections raised by Republicans in objection to the president’s bill.
Parental notification and consent laws are sold as a public good and as protection for teenagers, but are really only about humiliating and punishing them.
While Illinois has a mandatory parental involvement law on
the books, it has long been enjoined. I have seen firsthand the harms that forced parental involvement impose on young women.
More than 900 measures on reproductive health and rights were introduced in the states and the District of Columbia in 2009, and by year’s end, 77 new laws had been enacted in 34 states and DC. (This is more than twice the 33 new laws enacted in 20 states in 2008.)
Today everyone is still hashing over the news of Scott Brown’s win, what does it mean, and where are we going. But there’s plenty of evidence of where women’s rights stand right now.
Here comes the new year, same as the old year. It may be 2010 on the calendar, but it looks like a lot of legislators are still replaying 2009 in their sessions. Also, probably the only time you’ll hear me say, “Go, Wisconsin!”
An Illinois state court issued an emergency order yesterday blocking a law that prevents teens from having an abortion unless they notify a parent or go to court.
An Illinois judge has issued a temporary restraining order delaying enforcement of a law requiring doctors to notify parents of teens who are seeking an abortion. The order was issued in response to a request by the American Civil Liberties Union, and will remain in effect until hearings on why the law should not be put into effect.
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.
For some girls, parental notification is not an option. Self-induced abortion is.