November 30, 2011 - This morning, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal from the State of Illinois in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Illinois challenging the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act. The ACLU of Illinois contends that the Act poses a significant threat to the health and well-being of vulnerable teens in Illinois and violates the Illinois Constitution. The law remains under injunction and is not being enforced.
The following can be attributed to Lorie A. Chaiten, Director of the ACLU of Illinois Reproductive Rights Project:
The Illinois Supreme Court long has recognized that Illinois’ Constitution protects the right of a woman to terminate a pregnancy. We are confident that the Supreme Court will uphold the Illinois Appellate Court’s ruling recognizing the serious constitutional issues raised by the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act and that the Illinois Supreme Court like the Appellate Court, will return this case to the trial court for a complete presentation of the evidence demonstrating that the real-life harms this law imposes cannot be justified.