Illinois Gov J.B. Pritzker Signs Bill Allowing Secret Abortions on Teens Without Their Parents Knowing by Micaiah Bilger for Life News
Young girls in Illinois now can abort their unborn babies – or be forced to by abusers – without their parents’ knowledge or consent after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill repealing the state parental notification law Friday.
Pro-life leaders described the action as “a dark and disgraceful moment in the history” of the state because it will lead to the abuse of more children.
Fox News reports the legislation that Pritzker signed repeals the 1995 state parental notification law, which required that a parent of an underage girl be notified of an abortion at least 48 hours prior to the procedure.
Though the law included a special provision for girls from abusive homes, the Democrat governor claimed the total repeal was necessary to protect “victims of rape and physical abuse.”
“With reproductive rights under attack across the nation, Illinois is once again establishing itself as a leader in ensuring access to healthcare services,” Pritzker said, according to FOX 32 in Chicago. “This repeal was essential, because it was the most vulnerable pregnant minors who were punished by this law: victims of rape and physical abuse in unsafe homes.”
Illinois still requires children under 18 to have a parent’s permission before getting a tattoo, piercing or basically any medical care, but it no longer is part of the majority of states that requires parental involvement before an abortion.
When the bill passed in October, Republican lawmakers criticized Democrats for doing the bidding of the billion-dollar abortion lobby, rather than listening to voters and protecting children. They pointed to a recent poll that found 72 percent of Illinois voters support the parental notification law, including many who identified as pro-choice.
Strong opposition came from Illinois residents, too. NBC 5 Chicago reports residents submitted nearly 50,000 notices of opposition to the legislation in the fall, demanding that politicians keep the parental notification law in place.