Lone pro-life measure protecting young girls

Monday, May 3, 2021
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

human trafficking hands tiedAs Illinois lawmakers are feeling the pressure to retain a law protecting minor girls, the CEO of a social justice coffee shop that addresses social concerns and systemic injustice says regardless of where voters stand on the issue of abortion, the measure needs to be protected.

The Illinois Legislature has stripped all pro-life laws off the books, save for the one requiring that parents be notified if their minor daughter seeks an abortion. But pro-abortionists are pushing to repeal the Parental Notification of Abortion Act through HB 1797 and SB 2190.

Renee Pollino founded and operates My Half of the Sky, a Wheaton coffee shop that helps women overcome trafficking and addictions. She says there is also a connection with girls who are being trafficked, and she recently spoke to a gathering about that angle.

"The average age of a girl who is trafficked in the United States is 13 years old," she pointed out. "There hasn't been one who's worked for me or who I've been friends with who is a survivor who hasn't had numerous abortions as minors. One of my friends, her first abortion was at eight years old, the first of five."

Pollino does not think a minor should be allowed to get an abortion without parental involvement.

Pollino

"Young minors shouldn't be able to go to a tattoo parlor and go get a tattoo," she submits. "We have laws saying our children can't just get on a plane and go across country without my consent."

She went on to urge her audience to get on board to save the law, regardless of whether they are for or against abortion.

"To have an expectation that we have to be friends and can only work together if we agree on everything is an unrealistic task," Pollino recognized.

She says keeping the parental notification law will help address the problem of trafficked minors and help keep parents in the picture.

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