Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Secret Abortions Continue in Illinois

The Illinois Supreme Court refused to intervene concerning the state parental notice law that has been unenforced since its passage in 1995.

UPDATE 9/15/14: Study finds Illinois girls want parental involvement in abortion decision

UPDATE 6/17/11 Delayed Again: Illinois Appellate Court sends case back to trial court without decision

-- From "Illinois high court won't hear abortion case" by The Associated Press 8/31/10

A motion filed by the anti-abortion Thomas More Society and others asked that the legal case pending against the Parental Notice of Abortion Act [of 1995] be transferred from the appellate court to the high court.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied the request.

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From "Motion Filed Demanding Illinois Supreme Court Rule on Parental Notice Law" by Peter J. Smith, 8/20/10

Exasperated with Illinois' parental notice law going unenforced for 15 years since its initial passage, pro-life attorneys are demanding the state Supreme Court intervene once and for all, so that the law can go into effect.

“More than fifteen years ago, with overwhelming bipartisan support, parental notice was supposedly made the law in Illinois, but as we sit here today, secret abortions on pregnant minors continue unabated,” said Peter Breen, Thomas More Society executive director and legal counsel.

Judge Daniel Riley of the Cook County Circuit Court dismissed the lawsuit brought against the Act by the American Civil Liberties Union this past March, ruling the Act constitutionally valid. While he viewed the 1970 Illinois State Constitution as including a right to abortion, he said the Act should stand since the Illinois right to abortion is not broader than the federal right, thereby allowing for certain restrictions.

However, Riley issued an indefinite stay on his order for the duration of the ACLU's legal appeal.

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From "Illinois AG Ignores Requests to Enforce Parental Notification" by Illinois Family Institute, 8/28/10

. . . despite receiving thousands of phone calls, faxes and emails, [Illinois] Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined the ACLU in opposing the motion to transfer the case to the Supreme Court.

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