A change was made in this article at 11:54 am on Wednesday, November 4th, to correct an error that implied the Illinois law is a parental consent law. It is not. It is a parental notification law.
The Chicago Tribune reports today that enforcement of Illinois’ parental notification law has been delayed until a meeting this Wednesday of the medical disciplinary board for the Illinois Department of Financial
and Professional Regulation meets. State regulators said enforcement of the 1995 law, set to go into
effect Tuesday, would be delayed at least until Wednesday morning.
keep minors from seeking safe procedures. In July, a federal appeals
court in Chicago lifted a federal injunction on a 1995 version of the
law, clearing it for enforcement. In August, the regulation department
granted doctors a 90-day grace period before it would go into effect.
planning to have an abortion. A waiver process allows girls to bypass parental notification by
going before a judge, who then would have 48 hours to rule on the
Critics of the notification law believe it’s unconstitutional and that
it will harm minors by preventing them from obtaining safe abortions or
forcing them to carry their pregnancies to term. Most teenagers already
involve their parents in the decision, abortion rights advocates say.
Those who don’t, they argue, have good reason."You don’t need a law to tell you to talk to your daughter," said Melissa Gilliam, chief of family planning at the University of Chicago Medical Center who specializes in pediatrics and adolescent gynecology.
Critics worry the courts are unprepared to handle the petitions. Lorie
Chaiten, the Reproductive Rights Project director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, said court personnel in some jurisdictions, particularly in more rural areas, are still unfamiliar with the bypass petitions.
The Illinois civil rights group has been training lawyers and advocates
on how to shepherd girls through the court procedure. The group also
created a Facebook profile and a Web page, ilbypasscoordinationproject.org, to provide information.
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