Repeal PNA

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Over the past few years, the State of Illinois has acted to expand meaningful access to reproductive health care, in the face of attacks on this health care in many states across the country. Now we need to take the next step and repeal the dangerous Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act. We must trust youth and remove hurdles to their access to reproductive health care.

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It's time for Illinois to Repeal PNA
Dear State Legislators,

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, a law that risks delay and interference in access to reproductive health care.

We all want a young person who faces a decision about terminating an unplanned pregnancy to be able 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.

I urge you to repeal PNA.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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