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.
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.
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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