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Planned Parenthood of Illinois leader responds to dismissal of lawsuit challenging Parental Notification Act

July 11, 2013

Online Staff Report

Thursday, July 11, the Illinois Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Illinois Parental Notification Act of 1995.

Following is a statement from Carole Brite, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, regarding the decision:

We are disappointed by the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995.

While we believe the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act puts the health and safety of teens at unnecessary risk, Planned Parenthood of Illinois is committed to doing everything we can to make this new process as easy as possible for teens if the law goes into effect.

Planned Parenthood agrees that in an ideal world, parents would be involved in their teens’ health care and engaged in healthy dialogue around responsible decision-making. Most teens seek their parents’ advice and counsel when making decisions about their health care. But in some cases, safe and open communication is not possible. In those cases, research shows mandatory parental notice laws do not enhance parent-teen communication. Rather, they can be harmful to teens’ health and well-being. The focus should be on giving teens the information they need to make responsible decisions and continue to encourage healthy family communication, not erecting barriers to critical health care services.”

Posted July 11, 2013

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