October 27, 2021

Alert! Bill to Repeal PNA Passes Senate. Call Your Representatives!

All in one night, the Illinois Senate introduced and passed an amendment to an unrelated bill that would repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act (PNA). The bill will be sent back to the House of Representatives, where it could soon be passed into law. We need you to call your representatives and tell them to preserve the Parental Notice of Abortion Act.

On Tuesday, Oct. 26, Sen. Elgie Sims introduced Amendment 1 to HB370. This bill was designed to deal with a loophole related to the appointment of guardians, but Amendment 1 tacked on new language that would repeal PNA. All on the same night, the amendment went through the Senate Assignments Committee, the Senate Executive Committee, and the full Senate floor.

The Parental Notice of Abortion Act requires that a parent or guardian be notified 48 hours before a minor girl has an abortion. This provides parents with the ability to speak with their daughters about the permanent decision of abortion. Simultaneously, it protects young girls from sex trafficking by preventing pimps from using abortion to hide their crimes from parents.

The amendment passed the Executive Committee by a vote of 9-6, with one member voting present.

HB370 with the amendment included passed the full Senate by a vote of 32-22.

The normally slow wheels of government are moving unusually fast to force the repeal of PNA during the final three days of the fall veto session. Please call your representatives and tell them to vote against HB370 and the repeal of PNA.

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