Poll: most Illinois voters want parental notification for abortion, but lawmakers seek repeal

Some Illinois lawmakers want to repeal a law requiring abortion providers to notify parents of a minor who seeks an abortion, but their effort might not have the sympathy of voters.

“Nearly three-quarters of the people in the state of Illinois are opposed to repealing our parental notice law,” said Mary FioRito, an attorney and mother of three who is a fellow at the deNicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.

She served as moderator for a March 15 press conference of supporters of the state’s current parental notification law. The event was backed by a coalition called Parents for the Protection of Girls. Leading groups in the coalition include Illinois Right to Life, March for Life Chicago, the Pro-Life Action League, and Students for Life of America.

FioRito cited a survey from the Virginia-based Tarrance Group, which found that 72% of Illinois voters said a parent or guardian should be notified if a minor girl is seeking an abortion. The poll of 600 Illinois registered voters was conducted March 7-10. It claims a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1%.

The state’s parental notification law was passed in 1995 but only implemented in 2013 after a lengthy court battle.

That law requires that abortion providers notify the parents of a minor seeking an abortion at least 48 hours before the scheduled abortion, except in certain cases where the minor could not notify a family member. A minor may also seek a judge’s approval to bypass the notification requirement.

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