The constitutionality of Illinois' parental consent law for
minors receiving abortions is now up to the state Supreme
Though the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act was passed
in 1995, Peter Breen of the Thomas
More Society tells OneNewsNow it has been held up for 17 years
by legal challenges from the American Civil Liberties Union.
"This has been a lengthy and tortured legal process.
We've beaten back the ACLU in federal court, and we're very hopeful
that this will now bring an end to the Illinois state proceedings
so that the parents and the children of the state of Illinois will
have the same protection prior to an abortion that the parents and
children of many, many other states have," Breen comments.
He contends that the lack of a parental notice law has made The
Prairie State the abortion capital of the Midwest.
"We get calls all the time from folks whose children were
brought to Illinois -- whether by boyfriends or whomever, sometimes
sex abusers -- and those children are then subjected to abortions
that parents have no idea [about], and then they're just returned
to their home states," the attorney explains.
ACLU attorneys have told the Illinois Supreme Court that
children have the same ability to make an abortion decision that
adult women would, and that abortion is no more dangerous than a
shot of penicillin. Breen deems that "an absurd argument."
A decision is expected late this year or early next year.