The Illinois Supreme Court upheld the ruling of a lower court to dismiss a case challenging the state's parental notification law about abortions, which means that a law requiring doctors to notify a girl's parents 48 hours before she has an abortion now has to be enforced. The Parental Notice of Abortion Act will go into effect in 35 days unless there is an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Unfortunately, today's decision upholds the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995, and it does so in a manner that really puts young women's health and safety at risk," said Lorie Chaiten of the American Civil Liberties Union. "We are enormously disappointed. The vast majority of young women do involve a parent or another trusted adult, and the younger they are, the more likely they are to do so."
The Thomas More Society is in favor of the law and also notes other states have upheld similar laws.
"If you ask the parent of a 13 year old, 'Would you want your child taken for an abortion without you knowing?' They are going to say, 'No, absolutely not,'" said Peter Breen. “Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, this common-sense measure makes sense."
A girl could get a waiver about the notification if a judge decides it is against her best interest, including in cases of sexual abuse, ABC Local reported.
"The idea that secret abortions are the problem in addressing abuse, it makes no sense," Breen said.
Although the law was instituted in 1995, it was never enforced because it was constantly being challenged in court.
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