Politics

Illinois AG Ignores Requests to Enforce Parental Notification

| by Illinois Family Institute

Last week we sent you an IFI E-Alert asking you to contact Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to ask her to support the Thomas More Society's motion to immediately transfer the legal case regarding the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act from the Illinois Appellate Court to the Illinois Supreme Court.

This week, despite receiving thousands of phone calls, faxes and emails, Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined the ACLU in opposing the motion to transfer the case to the Supreme Court.

Arguing that pregnant minors at risk for abortion suffer harm every day that the Act is not enforced, the Society invoked the Supreme Court rule allowing transfer of an appeal when the "public interest requires prompt adjudication." The pending appeal, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), is currently in the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, where a decision may not come for a year or more.

The fate of the motion now rests in the hands of the Illinois Supreme Court, where "the Supreme Court or a Justice thereof may order that the appeal be taken directly to it."

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Click HERE to send an email or a fax to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to politely express your dismay at the fact that she sided with the ACLU in this case, despite the fact that her office is constitutionally obligated to defend all Illinois laws, including the Parental Notice Act.

Click HERE to read the Thomas More Society's reply in opposition to the Attorney General's and ACLU's effort to block the expedited transfer of the parental notice case from the Appellate Court.