The Illinois Appellate Court on Friday continued to block the enforcement of the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act, which would require that a parent or guardian be notified 48 hours before a child under 18 has an abortion. The debate will now head back to Cook County Circuit Court, where a trial will determine whether the legislation violates the state constitution.
The Illinois Legislature passed the act in 1995, but it quickly became the subject of legal skirmishing and never took effect. The 7th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in 2009 that the law did not violate the U.S. Constitution and could be enforced, but a subsequent complaint in the state court blocked it again. In March 2010, a Cook County judge dismissed that complaint but continued to block its enforcement pending an appeal. The Illinois Appellate Court today reversed the lower court’s dismissal and ordered a trial.
Source: The Chicago Tribune
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, has signed two key pieces of pro-life legislation. One requires minors to obtain notarized parental consent before an abortion; the other mandates that abortionists meet with a woman before dispensing the abortion pill RU-486.
ICE-PAC applauds the efforts of state legislators in Nebraska in getting these laws passed. We look forward to the passage of similar laws in our state.
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer struck down a proposal to require parental notification of some teen abortions. The requirement would have applied to minors under 16 years of age. The governor argued that it would be ruled unconstitutional by courts.
The Republican-led Montana state legislature also put the question on the 2012 ballot for voters to consider.
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin has posted a synopsis of the many steps Illinois’ Parental Notice of Abortion law has taken through our court system after passing our state legislature in 1995. The law remains unenforced today.
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After fourteen years of being in “legal limbo”, Illinois’ Parental Notice of Abortion Act was released today through a ruling by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. This very important law will now shortly be able to go into effect. In the court opinion in this case, Zbaraz v. Madigan, page 35 contains the language that dissolves the permanent injunction that had prevented enforcement of the act for fourteen years.
ICE-PAC members have taken a leadership role in defeating bills intended to repeal the Parental Notice law, making this victory all the more meaningful. Stay tuned for further developments on this law.