Today AUL filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of eight Illinois legislators, supporting the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act and urging the First District appellate court to uphold the law.
In 1995, the Illinois General Assembly enacted the Act, which requires parental notification before a minor can obtain an abortion. The Act has been enjoined in litigation since that time. After the federal courts ruled that the Act could go into effect, the ACLU filed yet another challenge in state court on behalf of the Hope Clinic for Women (Granite City) and abortion provider Allison Cowett. The state trial court ruled in favor of the law, but stayed enforcement of the law pending appeal.
The ACLU then appealed to the First District appellate court and claimed that there is “no justification” for the General Assembly’s action in enacting the law. In its brief, AUL refutes that claim, demonstrating that there are numerous studies revealing that parental involvement laws decrease both minor abortion and birth rates. AUL also details the plethora of studies demonstrating that abortion harms women- and especially minors- both physically and psychologically, and that parental involvement laws help shield minors from sexual exploitation.
The amicus curiae brief was filed on behalf of Senators Tim Bivins (Dixon), William R. Haine (Alton), and Matt Murphy (Palatine), and Representatives Robert A. Biggins (Elmhurst), Robert W. Pritchard (Hinckley), David Reis (Sainte Marie), Jim Sacia (Pecatonica), and Jil Tracy (Quincy).