Illinois Senate votes to repeal parental notification for minors' abortions

Illinois Senate votes to repeal parental notification for minors' abortions
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The Illinois state Senate voted on Tuesday to repeal a law that requires a parent or guardian to be notified before a minor receives an abortion.

The law, which was adopted in 1995 and went into effect in 2013, requires that a parent or guardian be alerted at least 48 hours before the procedure, according to CBS 2 Chicago. Minors, however, have the option of requesting to waive the notifications if they are concerned about their safety, the Chicago Tribune noted.

The state Senate voted 32 to 22 to repeal the notification statute, with four Democrats crossing party lines to oppose the repeal, and five other Democrats not voting, according to the Tribune. 

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The bill to repeal the parental notification law now heads to the Democratic-majority House.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is backing the proposal, according to the Tribune.

Democrats reportedly view the bill to repeal parental notifications as a way to solidify Illinois as a safe place for abortions, especially as a number of states pass controversial measures that limit access to the procedure.

Consent from a parent is not required for a minor to receive an abortion in Illinois.

State Sen. Elgie Sims (D), who is a sponsor of the bill to repeal parental notifications, said it is “a necessary proposal to move our state forward to protect our young people, often those who cannot protect themselves,” according to the Tribune.

Opponents of the move, however, are shaping the conversation around the repeal as one regarding parental rights instead of abortion rights.

Republican lawmakers, religious leaders and anti-abortion organizations have largely opposed the measure, the Tribune noted.

State Sen. Jil Tracy (R) said the repeal is “illogical” and will pull parents from caring for their children, the newspaper reported.