CHAMPAIGN, III (WAND) – When a minor requests an abortion, parents are informed up to 48 hours before the procedure of their child’s plans. Now the repeal of a bill seeks to change that.
“I beg you, I beg you, Illinois, not to go back and warn the parents.”
Parents for Girls’ Protection urge lawmakers to reject the repeal of the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act. Doctors are required by law to inform parents when minors request an abortion.
Planned Parenthood helps define the law by saying, “Illinois law requires Planned Parenthood of Illinois to notify a parent or adult family member if a minor 17 years of age or younger requests an abortion, unless a judge does not give a waiver. The adult family member does not have to authorize the minor to have an abortion, but an adult family member must be notified. “
Some parents ask the state critical questions about their own children. “Why would you want a child to keep something a secret that will affect the rest of their life?”
Pastor John Jones, another member of Parents for the Protection of Girls says, “I love my daughter and I care very deeply about what is going on in her life. If she got pregnant and was considering abortion. know that. my wife and I could help him deal with this unexpected situation. “
Another parent, Mary Fiorito, says the repeal of the law intercepts a parent’s job to guide their child in these major life decisions.
“Canceling a parent’s right to know that irreversible surgery is being performed on their child completely undermines the rights and responsibilities of parents towards their children.”
Planned parenting, however, says it’s not that simple. Brigid Leahy, Senior Director of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, says, “There are unfortunately situations where a young person cannot involve a parent in this decision. And for these young people, they are forced to appear. This is the last place. where they need to be. court is stressful. “
Parents for the protection of girls are fighting the repeal, claiming that minors are unable to do other actions without consent and notification, and asking why abortion is not considered the same.
“Children cannot make their own decisions to access tanning beds, tattoos, smoking, it seems unfathomable that the law allows a minor to make a decision to access, abort, without an adult guide. Let’s know the potential serious physical and emotional consequences associated with abortion. ”Jones says.
Supporters of the removal of the Illinois Parental Notification Act say they don’t believe a law should force communication with parents. Leahy tells WAND News, “Quite frankly, a law cannot require quality family communication, and that’s where the problem lies with this law … it delays their access to care. need this law, it doesn’t help. teenagers, and it’s actually potentially dangerous for them. “
Pastor John Jones opens up about his relationship with his daughter and urges the Illinois General Assembly to reconsider the repeal. “We believe it is our duty to protect and guide her. We are a family and we deal with things together. The state should not seek to interfere with our relationship.”
The Illinois General Assembly is due to vote on the bill in May 2021.