Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Ill Supreme Court Approves Rules for Notification for Abortions
The law was passed by the Illinois legislature all the way back in 1995, allowing Illinois to join all the surrounding states in ruling that a minor girl who is trying to get an abortion cannot do so until her parents are notified of her desire for the invasive medical procedure.
But, a past Supreme Court refused to allow the law to go into effect because they would not issue rules on how any minor could seek a waiver from the law in case of abuse, or the like.
This refusal had the unintended consequence of making Illinois and abortion dumping ground as young girls from all the surrounding states, where their parents would have to be notified, came to Illinois for an abortion free of notification.
Court Finally to issue Rules
Currently there is only one member left from the 1995 State Supreme Court membership, so this new Court decided to take up the issue of the needed rules for exemption, after which the law may go into effect.
"I'm just delighted to hear it," said DuPage County State's Atty. and candidate for Lt. Governor Joseph Birkett, who wrote a letter to the justices in June urging them to take up the issue. "An abortion is an invasive medical procedure. Usually, it's better to have an adult family member involved."
Of course we will still have to go through the blocking efforts of the ACLU (All Criminal Lawyer Union) who will undoubtedly fight to keep Illinois an indiscriminate abortion mill, but at least this is a first step in the right direction after a 10 year hiatus.
Of course, I'd rather it be outlawed entirely, but we take every little victory that we can.
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