Illinois Parental Notification Law

Update On HB2467 & HB2495 Extreme Abortion Legislation

Thank you for helping in filing over 12,600 witness slips against HB2495. Thank you for helping to file over 11,400 witness slips against HB2467.

Thank you for all the people in Lake County who called Rep. Rita Mayfield (D) and shared your concern over these extreme abortion bills. Rep. Rita Mayfield removed herself as a co-sponsor of the Repeal of the Parental Notice Act of 1995. She was joined by 2 other democrats Rep. LaToya Greenwood and Rep. Camille Y. Lilly.

On March 6th 2019, both bills were moved to the Informed Consent Subcommittee. There is no action posted on these bills at this time.

Its is amazing what we can do as a Pro-life movement when we work together to defend innocent unborn babies.

These bills have brought together a coalition of Pro Life groups, Lake County Right to Life is proud to be apart of that coalition.


HB2467 and SB1594 would repeal Parental Notice.  Before the 1995 Parental Notice Act Illinois was a dumping ground for abortion.  Since all our neighbor states had laws in place notifying parents of a minor (under the age of 18) before they had an abortion, young girls were able to cross state lines to come to Illinois to have an abortion.  Once our protective Parental Notice Act went into effect the abortion rate from out of state decreased significantly.  If the Parental Notification Bill is passed Illinois will again turn into an abortion dumping ground.

“This bill would remove any parental involvement prior to a minor’s abortion, including minors as young as 12 or 13 years old.  Since Illinois’ Parental Notice Law became effective in 2013, the number of abortion on minors has been cut by more than half, with thousands of abortions prevented due to the involvement of parents before an abortion.  Would also repeal provision that parents aren’t liable for the cost of a minor’s abortion that is preformed without parental consent”.  Peter Breen, VP & Senior Counsel, Thomas More Society.

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HB2467 Parental Notice Abortion-Repeal, introduced by Rep. Chris Welch (D). This bill repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995. Makes corresponding changes in the Counties Code, the Medical Practice Act of 1987, and the Consent by Minors to Medical Procedures Act. There is more in this bill but we need some time to explain it fully.

What We Know

Two bills will be introduced either Wednesday or Thursday. The American Civil Liberty Union of Illinois and Planned Parenthood of Illinois will support these radical pro-abortion/anti-family bills.

The Sponsors of this Legislation are Illinois Senate Senator Melinda Bush (D), Senator Elgie Sims (D), and in the Illinois House Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D), and Rep. Chris Welch (D).

Language has not been filed as of yet but must be by tomorrow February 14, 2019. ACLU of Illinois. Planned Parenthood and Personal PAC held a Press Conference yesterday to announce the bills.

The 1st Bill would repeal the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 and replace it with the Reproductive Health Act. One part of this bill would mandate abortion to be covered by all private insurance companies. The Act would make abortion Health Care.

The 2nd Bill repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995.

What We Do Not Know

We do not know the actual language of these bills. We do know their intent.

We do not know the numbers of these bills in the Senate or the House and will not know till they are filed.

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There is a lot of past history in trying to enact a Parental Notification Law in Illinois.

In 1995 the Parental Notification Act became law, it required a parent or guardian to be notified 48 hours before a child under 18 has an abortion.  The ACLU enjoined the law due to an issue with judicial bypass.

In 2005 the Thomas More Society began a legal strategy to remove the injunction.  In 2006 DuPage county State’s Attorney Joseph Birkett petitioned the Illinois Supreme Court to write the regulations for judicial bypass.  Under the leadership of Chief Justice Bob Thomas the regulations for judicial bypass were adopted unanimously in Supreme Court rule 303A.

The Parental Notification Act continued to be delayed in court.  On July 11th 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Illinois’ long delayed Parental Notice of Abortion Act did not violate the Illinois Constitution and so it would finally go into effect.

While the case was being decided in court Illinois became a dumping ground for abortion.  Illinois was the only midwestern state without a Parental notice or consent law in effect.  the result is that Illinois had thousands of abortions performed on none resident minors who crossed state lines.

The Illinois Parental Notice Act became law and is as follows:  A parent or guardian must be notified at least 48 hours before a child under the age of 18 under goes an abortion.  No physician can knowingly perform an abortion on a minor child (17 years old and younger) until that physician (or an agent of the physician) has ensured that the child’s parent, grandparent, or legal guardian has received notice 48 hours prior to performing the abortion that his or her child is seeking an abortion.

The Parental Notification Law went into effect in Illinois in August of 2013.  Any person who fraudulently signs a notice waiver for a minor child can be sentenced to 30 days in jail and/or fined up to $1500.00.

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What is judicial bypass?

The intent of the Judicial Bypass Rule is to provide a safe haven for minor girls who are in an abusive situations.  These situations might include incest or parental threats.  Judicial Bypass allows a judge to be the counselor rather than the parent.  In the case of Judicial Bypass it is the judge’s duty not to merely determine if having an abortion is in the best interest of the girl, but the judge must also take steps to remove the girl from the abusive situation.

Click below to read the Courts decision