Protect Abortion Access in Illinois


Young people who have safe and trusting relationships with their parents will talk to them voluntarily about the decision to have an abortion. But for the young people who have serious concerns about physical or emotional abuse, being kicked out of their home, or being forced to continue the pregnancy against their will – this law puts them in harmful situations. Illinois should be a place where everyone has access to the reproductive health care they need. Make your voice heard in support of repealing this law!

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Protect Abortion Access by Repealing PNA

It is time to repeal Illinois’ dangerous Parental Notice of Abortion Act. This unnecessary law that forces youth to notify someone from a limited set of adults risks delay of — and interference in — access to reproductive health care.

We all want a young person facing a decision about terminating an unplanned pregnancy to get guidance and advice from the trusted adults in their life. But in real life, a parent, grandparent, step parent or legal guardian is not always someone the youth can turn to for support or guidance. Youth in these families fear abuse, getting kicked out of the house, being forced into continuing a pregnancy against their wishes, or other harms. No law can fix these problems and create healthy family communication. Instead, this law can place these youth at even more risk.

The current law is not only dangerous, it is unfair. Illinois law allows a pregnant minor to make every other decision related to a pregnancy – to carry the pregnancy to term, to agree to an adoption, to consent to complex medical care – all without being compelled to notify or consult anyone that they don’t want to involve. It is only when a minor decides to terminate the pregnancy that the notification requirement applies.

We need to protect abortion access in Illinois. I urge you to sponsor and support efforts to repeal PNA.


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