In a move that many will find disturbing, the Illinois legislature just passed a bill that effectively allows minors to get an abortion without their parents’ consent.
According to The Daily Wire, the legislation, which repeals a law that required minors to notify their parents before undergoing an abortion procedure, received state Senate approval on Monday and then narrowly cleared the state House a day later. It is now awaiting Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature.
Governor touts lax abortion laws
Pritzker has long been a proponent of abortion, with the Washington Examiner reporting that he’s even touted the state’s lax laws on the subject in an attempt to attract business.
Republican state Rep. Andrew Chesney has objected to the efforts, saying, “There has always been a moral, social argument on where people fall on abortion, but I don’t know if I have ever seen a governor use it as a desperate attempt to lure companies because of social issues.”
The Daily Wire noted that allowing minors to unilaterally obtain abortions is curious given that the state prevents those who are underage from consenting to most other medical procedures.
According to the outlet, the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act currently requires parents to be told before a child can choose to undergo an abortion procedure, although the law also allows a minor to seek permission from a judge instead.
While the law was passed in 1995, it remained unenforced until 2013 when the state Supreme Court found it to be constitutional, The Daily Wire said.
Preventing “risky” activity
Brigid Leahy serves as senior director of public policy for Planned Parenthood of Illinois, and she welcomed the new law.
“You have to go in and be prepared to share some of your most personal information about a very personal decision with a complete stranger who is not necessarily trained in counseling or health care,” Leahy told the Chicago Tribune.
“Where you really should be is sitting down with a counselor, sitting down with a health care provider, and getting the information you need to be able to make the best decision that you can for yourself,” she added.
But some argue that unfettered abortion access will bring negative consequences. A 2008 study on the effects of parental notification laws determined “that the enactment of parental involvement laws significantly reduces risky sexual activity among teenage girls.”
In addition, the pro-life group Live Action has documented multiple cases in which child sexual predators used abortions to keep their crimes hidden.