March 17, 2010 9:11 pm

ACLU of Illinois fights against abortion-notice law in court

Lorie Chaiten, director of the Reproductive Rights Project for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, was in court Monday to challenge the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995.

Currently there is a temporary restraining order on the law, and a Cook County Circuit Court judge will rule March 29 whether to dismiss it, according to the “Chicago Tribune.” The temporary restraining order stays in effect in the meantime.

In court the ACLU of Illinois argued the abortion-notice law is detrimental to young women and questioned whether the law violates the Illinois Constitution’s guarantees of privacy and due process, as well as the state’s constitutional ban on gender discrimination, according to the article.

Chaiten was featured in the “Chicago Tribune’s” article:

Lorie Chaiten, director of the Reproductive Rights Project at the ACLU, argued that pregnant minors can consent to medical procedures related to childbirth, and the decision to end a pregnancy should not be any different.

“It can’t be this distinction,” Chaiten said.

Learn more about the ACLU of Illinois’ Reproductive Rights work.

Chaiten also answered frequently asked questions in the video below regarding parental notification laws in Illinois on “The Huffington Post” Feb. 5. Watch the video here.

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