SPRINGFIELD – Senate Democrats pushed through an after-hours bill Oct. 26 to repeal parental notification of abortion in Illinois, despite Republican lawmakers taking a strong stand for parental rights in assuring the physical and mental well-being of their minor children.
State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) said House Bill 370 is a direct attack on parental rights and will leave countless young girls vulnerable at a time when they desperately need support and guidance. The bill passed by a vote of 32-22.
The Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995 requires that parents of minors be notified before their child receives an abortion procedure. Currently, the law simply stipulates that a parent be informed of the procedure. Parents are not required to provide consent.
Stewart issued the following statement after the vote:
“This is yet another example of this Governor and other Democrat leaders, and their insistence that they know what is best for our children. This is another overreach by the Governor and his supporters into the lives and homes of Illinois families. Instead of trusting the parents, grandparents, foster parents and guardians who have raised these children, they think they have the right to interfere in things as personal as medical decisions for minor children.”