Parental Notification A Possibility.

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Thu, 09-13-2007 - 11:45am
Alderman pursues parental notification


August 30, 2007

By Kristen Zambo Staff Writer

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.



http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/news/534661,2_1_AU30_COUNCIL_S2.article


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Registered: 03-18-2004
Thu, 09-13-2007 - 11:54am

I don't agree at all. If a child decides to keep the baby the parents get no say in the medical decisions she makes. She can have a planned c-section if she wants and too bad for them if they don't like it. THAT carries a much higher risk than abortion.

I think that the young girls safety is not what they are worried about at all.






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Registered: 03-08-2007
Thu, 09-13-2007 - 1:54pm

We've covered this before on this board.

Ella Grayce

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Thu, 09-13-2007 - 2:47pm



Can you provide some links to support this?


Remember, Aurora is a Home Rule city so if they choose, they can make a law that would require parental consent for medical procedure for minors. I would suspect that if that is done,

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Registered: 03-18-2004
Thu, 09-13-2007 - 3:03pm

I am not American so I may be way off base but I know that here the pregnant woman gets to make her own decisions. Parents cant force a girl to have a section or dent her pain meds in labor if she wants them.

I only have real life friends in maine but the 2 girls i know from maine who got PG as minors were calling all the shots in regards to their medical care






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