Parental Notification A Possibility.
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|Thu, 09-13-2007 - 11:45am|
AURORA -- Although Illinois doesn't require parental notification for teen abortions, one alderman wants to make it the law here.
Amid staunch community reaction from anti-abortion activists to a Planned Parenthood clinic, Alderman Rick Lawrence said he's working to draft a local ordinance requiring girls younger than 18 to obtain parental consent before medical services and medications may be provided to them.
"They can perform a procedure in a place like this that can potentially kill my daughter without my consent," said Lawrence, 4th Ward. "In this city, you can't get a tattoo under 18, but you can get a procedure that can kill you."
Lawrence said he hopes to have a draft of the proposed ordinance ready to introduce to the Government Operations Committee on Sept. 11.
As a home-rule community, Lawrence said, the city can create its own laws.
Planned Parenthood plans to open the full-service women's health center on the far East Side on Sept. 18.
"We still believe these parental-notice laws are bad policy," said Ed Yohnka, spokesman for the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. "They are policies that don't take into account that there are young women in this state who can't share with their parents, their grandparents or their religious leaders if they are pregnant."
Requiring parental notification also fails to account for girls who are victims of abuse, neglect and molestation, he said.