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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

ACLU of IL Fights Parental Notice Law

Planned Parenthood of Illinois was sadden on Monday to hear the U.S. Court of Appeals had dismissed the ACLU of Illinois challenge of the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995.

It is the view of PPIL and ACLU of Illinois that this law is detrimental to the youth of Illinois, because it requires the parental notification of any young adult under the age of 17 whom has chosen to have an abortion in the state of Illinois.

Fortunately for the young adults of Illinois, the ACLU of Illinois has not given up that easy. They have immediately filed an appeal of this ruling and continue to work tirelessly to fight this damaging law.

Read this statement by Beth Kanter, Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Illinois:

"We are extremely disappointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals’ decision to dismiss 29a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Illinois challenging the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995.

However, we know the ACLU is committed to protecting the health and well-being of vulnerable teens in Illinois and will move swiftly to appeal Judge Riley’s ruling today.

While we believe the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act puts teens’ lives at unnecessary risk, Planned Parenthood of Illinois is committed to doing everything we can to make this new process as easy as possible for teens if the law goes into effect.

Planned Parenthood agrees that in an ideal world, parents would be involved in their teens’ health care, and engaged in healthy dialogue around responsible decision making. Most teens seek their parents’ advice and counsel when making decisions about their health care. But in some cases, safe and open communication is not possible. In those cases, research shows mandatory parental notice laws do not enhance parent-teen communication, but they may be harmful to teens’ health and well-being. If our government and the courts really care about our teenage sons and daughters, it should focus on giving them the information they need to make responsible decisions and continue to encourage healthy family communication, not erect barriers to critical health care services."

PPIA will keep you posted on any developments on this case.

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