'dumping ground' for abortion
Illinois' parental notification law for abortions on underage girls
is still in limbo.
Because of continued court action, the 1995 law has not yet gone into
effect. After a federal appeals court ordered it implemented recently,
the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in state court. Two state
boards decided to halt their role and proceed with compliance, but that
was short-lived, according to Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society
Pro-Life Law Center.
"At 10:00 we had parental notice in the state of Illinois for the first
time since Roe v. Wade -- and then by 3:00 a circuit court judge had
enjoined it," Breen explains. "[H]e allowed a temporary restraining
order to keep the law from going into effect."
That leaves Illinois as the only state in the Midwest or the South with
no parental notification law. As a result, says Breen, Planned
Parenthood of Illinois is making more money.
"We get young ladies coming in from Minnesota. We get them coming in
from Arkansas, from Tennessee, from Missouri -- of course from
Wisconsin and Indiana, which are right next to us," he laments.
"Illinois has become a dumping ground for abortion."
The court has put the case on an expedited timeline, with the next
hearing in two weeks. Breen is hopeful that will finally end the
12-year legal battle and put the law into effect.
November 6, 2009
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