Parental notification an undue burden on abortion rights?

Monday, June 10, 2019
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teen girl in distress sorrowIllinois pro-abortion groups may use a new law to get rid of the requirement that parents be notified if their minor daughter seeks an abortion.

Illinois lawmakers this year passed the Reproductive Healthcare Act, which opened the door most of the way for abortion to take place through the ninth month of pregnancy. And Mary Kate Knorr of Illinois Right to Life tells OneNewsNow the language might be used to legally challenge the parental notification law.

"It puts into the law that an individual has a fundamental right to an abortion," she explains. "It literally says that in the law now. So the problem is that we know that if this ever comes up in litigation, the standard is that you can't place undue burden on a woman's right to abortion or her access to an abortion."


So if a court challenge is filed, Knorr expects pro-abortion attorneys to argue that dealing with a minor girl's parents puts an undue burden on her access to abortion.

"I think that part of the argument they will make is that there is a way around it," Knorr says. "They can get an exception through a judge, but of course that's a process, so we believe that they will try and repeal the parental notification law as a result of the law that they just passed."

The Thomas More Society fought a 15-year court battle against the American Civil Liberties Union over the law which passed in 1983 before the state Supreme Court ruled the parental notification law into effect six years ago.


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