Illinois gov enacts an abortion-related law that critics say will put a “wedge” between parents and their children

Democrats continue to work to separate the traditional family unit.

Fox News reports that, in Illinois, doctors no longer have to inform an underage girl’s parents that she is going to undergo an abortion. 

What’s going on?

J.B. Pritzker (D), the governor of Illinois, just repealed the Parental Notification Act.

Passed by the Illinois general assembly in 1995, the act required doctors to give notice to the parents of an underage girl that the girl was going to have an abortion performed. The law required this notice to be given at least 48-hours prior to the procedure. It ought to be pointed out that the law only required notification, not consent from the parents.

The Parental Notification Act, despite being passed in 1995, didn’t go into effect until nearly two decades later, and this is because of the legal challenges that it faced. But, the law has now been repealed by Pritzker and replaced with one that doesn’t require this notification.

The new law will also create a Youth Health and Safety Advisory Working Group. According to Fox, this group will identify “laws and policies that impact parenting and pregnant youth under the age of 18,” and it “will focus on reproductive safety for pregnant and parenting youth as well as preventing human trafficking.”

The “Leader in ensuring access to health care services”

Pritzker released a statement celebrating the repeal of the Parental Notification Act and the law that is replacing it.

“With reproductive rights under attack across the nation, Illinois is once again establishing itself as a leader in ensuring access to health care services,” Pritzker said.

“This repeal was essential,” he added, “because it was the most vulnerable pregnant minors who were punished by this law: victims of rape and physical abuse in unsafe homes.”

State Republicans, however, slammed Pritzker’s decision.

GOP state Sen. Jil Tracy argued that We have enough problems in the state without creating more wedges between children and their parents.”

And, Republican state Rep. Avery Bourne added, “Parents deserve the right to know if their minor child is seeking any major medical procedure. Instead, today the Democrat majority has chosen to recklessly push those rights to the wayside.”

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