It has been over 15 years and Illinois girls are still not protected! Illinois is in desperate need of legal protection for young girls who are pregnant.
We need to continue working towards this goal:
Build a bigger and more influential coalition to defend minor girls from the abortion industry!
There are so many people and organizations in Illinois who want to protect these young girls! I need your help to find them and build this coalition. You’ve already taken the first step by joining yourself, but you can do so much more! Here’s how…
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Post a comment with suggestions of organizations or groups who we should contact to get on board. If you have their contact info that would be a huge help! (email it to us here: email@example.com )
Send an email to your friends and family asking them to join the coalition and sign the petition.
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Here is a (very) quick summary of the history of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995. Thanks to the Thomas More Society for the information and all of their work on this case!
Enacted in 1995, the parental notice law was in legal limbo for over a decade until, on September 20, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court adopted a rule, constitutionally required under federal law, providing for expedited, confidential “bypass” appeals. Once the new Rule 303A was adopted and after further litigation, on July 14, 2009, the United States Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the Act and the Illinois Supreme Court’s implementing rule. A few weeks later, when the Court of Appeals issued its mandate, the Parental Notice Act became fully effective and enforceable. Continue reading →
Here in Illinois we get a lot of abortion business from other states. Surrounding states have laws that require parental involvement for minors. Illinois’ Parental Notification of Abortion law has been held up in the courts for 15 years! This causes secret long distance abortions to be imported to Illinois from other states.
Many people who work with teen pregnancy, abortion and counseling women know this fact anecdotally. However, this video provides a vivid example of how this actually works in practice. Thanks to Lila Rose for this great video!
Video: Parental Notice in Indiana, not Illinois
It’s sad that this is common practice and that the only reason this clinic worker lost her job was because the general public found out about it.
Chicago Breaking News reports the AP story on this. Had Madigan sided with the teen girls of Illinois on this case, the high court would have been much more likely to take the case.
The Illinois Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a Cook County judge’s stay of enforcement of a law requiring a girl’s guardians be notified before she has an abortion.
A motion filed by the anti-abortion Thomas More Society and others asked that the legal case pending against the Parental Notice of Abortion Act be transferred from the appellate court to the high court.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied the request.
Earlier this year, Judge Daniel Riley lifted a temporary restraining order on the never-enforced law, which he said was constitutional. He granted a stay on enforcement pending the conclusion of appeals.
The law was not enforced after it was passed in 1995 because there were no rules specifying how judges would handle the notification requirement. The high court issued those rules in 2006.
The American Papist Blog reported last week about Alaska’s victory for Parental Notice. This should offer us hope for eventually getting Parental Notice enforced here in Illinois ending the secret abortion industry! Stopping secret abortions on minors would take us one step closer to ending all abortions in IL and making sure all minors are safe.
Yesterday Alaskans voted to approve “Ballot Measure 2″ which requires that parents in Alaska be notified before their teen age 17-or-younger daughter has an abortion. Alaskans passed this pro-life initiative 55-44, though the Anchorage Daily News didn’t even bother to mention the final figures in their coverage.
Let’s get this straight – Planned Parenthood opposes the idea that girls under 18 should have to inform their parents they intend to get an abortion, despite the medical risks associated with abortion, despite the fact that most every other non-emergency procedure already requires parental notification if the patient is a minor, and despite the fact that a majority of Americans support parental notification laws.
Planned Parenthood and the ACLU funneled $800,000 into its campaign to stop Measure 2, five times as much as supporters (the Knights of Columbus was the biggest financial supporter of the measure).
Congratulations to Alaskans for Parental Rights for a successful campaign (and impressive website), and to all the men and women who voted for the measure and helped gather support for this commonsense measure which will save lives. And way to make Planned Parenthood waste some resources.
UPDATE – Michael New points out that this represents the first time pro-lifers have succeeded in passing a parental-notification law using the citizen-initiative process. More proof that the pro-life grassroots is becoming activated!
LetParentsKnow.com will be consulting with our supporters and coalition members to see if a ballot initiative is viable in Illinois. What do you think? Comment below.
LetParentsKnow.com was started to push for a transfer of the Parental Notice case to the IL Supreme Court. AG Lisa Madigan did not listen to our plea and the voice of the people and this transfer failed. Now, because of the outpouring of support for Parental Notice, we are transitioning to become a place for news, information and action alerts relating to Parental Notice in Illinois.
Parents have a right to know when their daughters are going to undergo a potentially life threatening medical procedure. For the past 15 years, parents have been kept in the dark about underage abortions in Illinois.
The Illinois Parental Notification Act of 1995 has been in legal limbo since it was enacted nearly 15 years ago and that is just too long! It’s time to protect Illinois teens and make sure their parents are involved with major decisions like abortion. Let Parents Know is here to fight for parental rights to keep our daughters safe!
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