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Illinois House passes repeal of Parental Notification Act

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The Illinois House of Representatives passed HB370 on Wednesday night, part of which repeals the Parental Notification Act.

The Parental Notification Act required anyone below the age of 18 to notify a parent or guardian at least 48 hours before obtaining an abortion in Illinois.

The bill passed the House with a vote of 62-51, with three voting present. It now goes to Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, who is expected to sign it into law. It passed the the State Senate on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

“By passing the Youth Health and Safety Act, Illinois has ensured that young people can choose to involve the people they trust in their health care decisions and are protected from harmful domestic situations and unnecessary judicial interactions,” said Jennifer Welch, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. “In short, all Illinoisans, regardless of age, now have the full legal autonomy to make decisions about what’s best for their bodies. We look forward to Governor Pritzker upholding his promise to sign this bill when it crosses his desk.” 

“The legislation importantly creates a path toward developing additional resources and tools for pregnant and parenting young people,” said Khadine Bennett, advocacy and intergovernmental affairs director at the ACLU of Illinois. “This is an importation endeavor and deserves the support of everyone who expressed a genuine desire to help and support young people while this bill was under consideration.”

While there was vocal opposition to the repeal, proponents were just as active, with more than 20 organization supporting the repeal.

Updated with reaction from Planned Parenthood Illinois Action

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