The Illinois Senate approved a measure on Tuesday that would repeal the state’s Parental Notification of Abortion Act. In response to the vote, State Senator Donald DeWitte (R-St. Charles) issued the following statement:
“A parent has no more important role than to protect their children’s medical and emotional health as they help them navigate life’s most difficult decisions. By nullifying the Parental Notification of Abortion Act, Senate Democrats failed Illinois families, and even more important, they failed children facing one of the most important decisions they will ever make.
“The legislature has put a multitude of laws in place that dictate at what age children can engage in a variety of activities. It is ludicrous that we determine a child does not have the maturity or good judgement to decide if they will smoke, or drink, or get a tattoo, or go to a tanning bed, and then turn around and decide those same children can make their own decision regarding an abortion without the counsel and guidance of a parent or guardian.”