wave of disappointment from pro-choice and women rights advocates
rocked Illinois earlier this month after the state Supreme Court upheld a law that requires doctors to inform a parent before those younger
than 18 can get an abortion.
“It puts our teens in danger, and our whole pro-choice community is very sad about that,” said Benita Ulisano, co-chair of the Illinois Choice Action Team.
The state’s high court found Illinois’ Parental Notice of
Abortion Act of 1995, which has never been implemented due to legal
challenges, to be constitutional. By a 7-0 vote, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld a previous
circuit court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed back in
2009 that challenged the law.
For years, the ACLU of Illinois has been at
the front lines in the battle against the state’s notification law
and represented the plaintiffs in the case, which included Granite
City’s Hope Clinic for Women and the director of the University of
Illinois at Chicago's Center for Reproductive Health.
dangerous law was passed by the legislature nearly 20 years ago relying
on outdated, ideological and unsupported assumptions about the purported
harms of abortion, which have been shown to be inaccurate,” Lorie Chaiten, ACLU’s reproductive rights project director, said in a statement after
the court’s decision.