Teen abortions in Illinois fall again in 2014
The effects of parental notification
The following release was sent on Dec. 28 by Mary Anne Hackett of Illinois’s Catholic Citizens.
Earlier this week, the Illinois Department of Public Health released its data from 2014 showing that the abortion rate for minors fell by nearly 28% from the year prior, representing over 500 lives.
The Mauck & Baker Law Firm in Chicago attributes those numbers to the state’s newly-enacted parental notification law.
“This precipitous drop occurred in the first full year that the Illinois Parental Notification Act of 1995 went into effect,” the firm said in a press release.
While the law was originally passed in 1995, it never went into effect due to constant legal opposition from pro-abortion groups. Abortion advocates argued that minors should be allowed to make medical decisions about invasive surgeries and that parental involvement has not been shown to affect abortion rates - an assertion that stands in stark contradiction to the just released data.
In 2012, the legal battle went up to the Illinois Supreme Court, and in July 2013, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled in favor of enforcing the law.
Abortions have decreased in Illinois to the lowest rates since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. Total abortions in Illinois fell by 6%, which is 2,278 less than the 40,750 abortions in 2013. The 28% decrease in abortions by minors is a strong indication that the Parental Notification law has spared the life of 500 little ones.
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