The ACLU of Illinois and other reproductive rights advocates from across the state, including the Illinois Caucus of Adolescent Health and the Chicago Abortion Fund, rallied in Springfield to demand the legislature repeal of the Parental Notification of Abortion Law. Since last August, when a court order allowed the law to go into effect, Illinois teens, under the age of 18, can only obtain a legal and safe abortion if their doctor alerts a parent, guardian, grandparent, or step-parent who lives with the child within 48 hours before the procedure. The march and rally inSpringfield brought together about 100 mostly teen and young adult activists to put the spotlight on the harmful repercussions of the law. After speaking with state legislators, the group rallied in the capital’s rotunda to highlight the law’s negative impact with personal stories. Allison Carter, ACLU of Illinois Advocacy and Outreach Director, focused on the untenable problems the law causes for teens coping with an unintentional pregnancy.
For many young women, having a family member notified is equivalent to them being abused, being kicked out of their home, or being forced to carry a pregnancy to term against their will.