The Illinois Supreme Court will soon decide whether parents should have a role when their minor child seeks to terminate a pregnancy.
The Parental Notice of Abortion Act was passed by the Illinois legislature 17 years ago, but has never been enforced because of legal challenges by the American Civil Liberties Union. Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) attorney Steven H. Aden believes it is time for the state Supreme Court to change that.
"Parents matter in abortion decisions," states Aden. "If abortionists truly cared about young girls, they wouldn't be pushing to make sure parents stay in the dark while the clinic takes advantage of their daughters' bodies and desperate situations -- not to mention the life of the child in the womb."
ADF attorney Noel Sterett participated in filing a brief with the court, saying: "A young child's wellbeing is worth much more than an abortionist's bottom line. This law balances the needs of desperate young girls with the rights of the parents who care most about them.
"The Illinois Supreme Court should allow this protective law to go into effect and reject the arguments of those who want to shut parents out of their children's critical health decisions."
A lawsuit was also filed in federal court where the law was found to be constitutional, but the ACLU is now appealing that decision as well.
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