Belleville News-Democrat Editorial
Don't obstruct notification law
There isn't much common ground on abortion, but reasonable
people on both sides of the issue favor parental notification
laws. No surprise, the ACLU does not.
Last week Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan went to
court to enforce our state's parental notification law. The
American Civil Liberties Union promptly promised to fight her in
Does anyone really believe it is in the best interest of 15-
and 16-year-old girls to let them decide whether to have a legal
abortion without a parent's input? Minors can't get their ears
pierced without a parent's permission, yet they can consent to
this invasive medical procedure. It makes no sense.
The ACLU trots out the usual scare tactics -- that a girl
might be physically harmed or turned out on the street if she
told her parents. Those situations are rare, not the norm. But
the state has set up a judicial bypass provision for any minor
who feels she can't tell her parents.
Madigan said 44 states have parental notification laws, and
the federal courts have upheld provisions that are similar to
Illinois'. Still the ACLU claims Illinois' law isn't good
We don't need the ACLU wasting taxpayers' money and court
time on a matter that's already been decided in other states.
More importantly, we don't want this out-of-the-mainstream
organization trying to deny girls the adult guidance they need
on whether to get an abortion.