Hope Clinic v. Adams

For more than thirty years, the ACLU of Illinois has worked in the courts to block enforcement of dangerous, mandatory parental involvement laws for young women seeking to terminate an unintended pregnancy. The Hope Clinic case was filed after a Federal Appeals Court in 2009 dissolved the decades-old injunction preventing enforcement of a parental notice of abortion law under federal law.

This challenge asserts important protections afforded by our state constitution, including expansive privacy, equal protection, due process and gender equality protections. This case relies on the overwhelming body of scientific research and the conclusions of the leading medical, psychological and public health organizations, which disprove the once-accepted notion that young women lack the ability to make an informed decision about whether to carry a pregnancy to term. Our evidence demonstrates that forced parental involvement laws are harmful to many young women and that there is simply no justification for Illinois to single out abortion for dangerous regulation while permitting pregnant minors to make all other medical decisions without involving a parent or the court.

Update: The law is enjoined and cannot be enforced. On September 20, 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court held oral argument in the state’s appeal from our appellate court victory permitting us to return to the circuit court to present evidence of the law’s violation of the Illinois Constitution.