The Illinois legislature has voted to repeal a law requiring parental notification if a child under 18 seeks an abortion. The Democrat governor, J.B. Pritzker has vowed to sign it.
The Daily Wire reports:
The Illinois Senate voted to approve the repeal on Tuesday and the Illinois House narrowly passed the same bill on Wednesday, leaving just Pritzker to sign the measure repealing the state’s requirement that parents be notified when their child seeks to obtain an abortion.
Supporters of the law, the Chicago Tribune noted, were “eager to affirm Illinois’ position as a bastion of abortion rights in light of a Texas law enacted earlier this year that essentially bans the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy and as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a Mississippi case later this year that could undermine the landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade.”
Illinois has been at the forefront of liberalizing abortion laws, particularly following the passage of a Texas measure, which went into effect on September 1, effectively outlawing abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, around six weeks of pregnancy. Clinics in Illinois have been advertising themselves as “safe havens” for abortion, according to My Stateline Illinois, attracting out-of-state patients who might have otherwise been prevented from ending the lives of their unborn children.
Pritzker has even touted the state’s abortion laws in open pitches to corporations considering moving to Illinois, per the Washington Examiner. He “wrote to the CEOs of several Texas businesses, including Dell and Hewlett Packard, to encourage them to move to Illinois after Texas passed a law restricting abortion access,” the outlet noted.
“The Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act has been on the books since 1995 when Republicans controlled the governor’s office and both chambers of the General Assembly. It didn’t go into effect, however, until 2013, when the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the law was constitutional after years of legal challenges,” the Tribune noted.