Your action requested: Repeal the PNA in Illinois!
Did you know that Illinois requires Parental Notification of Abortion (PNA)? AAUW Illinois, ACLU, Illinois NOW, and others are working to repeal PNA. It may come up for vote in the October legislative veto session.
Please click the link below to tell your legislators in the IL Senate that you want them to vote to repeal the PNA. Ask them to support SB 2190.
What is PNA?
Illinois PNA requires girls under 18 to notify an adult family member (parent, grandparent, step-parent who lives with them, or legal guardian) before receiving an abortion. This unnecessary law interferes with young persons’ timely access to reproductive health care.
No law can create healthy family communications. In real life, a youth cannot always turn to a parent, grandparent, step-parent or guardian for support or guidance. Girls may face abuse, getting kicked out of the house, or being forced to continue a pregnancy against their wishes. They may be in foster care, or have other valid reasons for not involving a parent.
Their only alternative is to appear before a judge to request a “judicial bypass waiver”. Imagine yourself in this difficult situation. How would you get to court? How would you explain your very personal circumstances to a judge?
If you’d like to learn more about the PNA in Illinois, click the links below:
And, please join us to for a zoom presentation on repealing the IL PNA on October 14 at 7 p.m.:
Thank you for your advocacy!