SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act has passed a vote in the Illinois Senate Public Health Committee. It goes on to the full Senate.
SB 1594 would repeal a law that required that parents or guardian be notitified when a minor seeks an abortion.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois celebrated the vote.
“Today is a good day for young people across the State of Illinois, as we take an important step to ending the dangerous, forced parental notice law,” said Colleen Connell, executive director of ACLU of Illinois. “Family communications cannot be mandated by law, they flow from trust and shared values among family members. A young person who does not want to communicate with a parent has a very good reason. We need to trust youth in our state to make the health care decisions, without forcing them to risk their health and safety.”
While passed in 1995, the ACLU said it has been enforced only since 2013 after being delayed by the courts for years.by