Texas close to abortion ban opens door to repeal Illinois parental advisory, bolstering abortion rights: Don Harmon
WASHINGTON – Texas ‘near-total abortion ban opens the door to repealing Illinois’ abortion notification law and installing more safeguards on abortion rights when the legislature will return to Springfield in October.
“We are looking at this, as well as what we could do in direct response to the law in Texas,” Senate Speaker Don Harmon D-Oak Park said on the Sun’s “At the Virtual Table” Thursday. -Times. .
Without the Texas abortion law drafted by the GOP, there probably wouldn’t be much stomach in the Illinois General Assembly to address anything at this time regarding the still controversial issue of l ‘abortion.
Texas law prohibits most abortions after about six weeks and, remarkably, allows anyone who wants to collect a premium of $ 10,000 to apply it.
Illinois, with all major statewide offices held by Democrats supporting abortion rights – and with the Democratic-controlled State House and Senate – is a leader national policy in the preservation of abortion rights.
But more can be done, especially in the wake of the Texas and GOP state legislatures and a likely majority in the Supreme Court open to the erosion of the landmark Roe v. Wade of 1973 guaranteeing abortion as a constitutional right.
As co-host of “At the Virtual Table”, with Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington, I asked Harmon about the Illinois notification law given what happened. in Texas.
The Illinois Parental Advisory Act 2013 requires a health care provider to notify an adult family member if a woman under the age of 18 requests an abortion. This is a more difficult problem for abortion rights defenders who also want to give back to parents.
Parental advice is required, according to Illinois law, to “protect the best interests” of “immature minors” who “often lack the ability to make informed choices that take into account both immediate and long-term consequences ”.
Harmon, when asked about the repeal of the Parental Advisory Act in the upcoming October session, said, “I think a lot of us are horrified by what happened in Texas, and even more horrified by what did not happen in Washington, DC, with the decline of the Supreme Court. to intervene ”to postpone the date of entry into force of the law while legal challenges are pending.
“I think a lot of people have thought about it and wondered if the next Supreme Court action would be to overthrow Roe against Wade.
“In Illinois, over the past 15 years, we have taken positive steps to ensure that no matter what happens to the Supreme Court, a woman’s right to a full range of reproductive health services is upheld. available here in Illinois. I expect us to look at the last vestiges of this anti-choice laws in Illinois as well as how best to respond in Texas. I was visiting constituents this week who were telling me that local doctors are actually getting patients from Texas now because of what has happened there.
Harmon added, “We have a strongly pro-choice chamber. I think we’re looking at that, as well as what we might do in direct response to Texas law. “
State Representative Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, a guest on a separate segment of the show, noted, “Frankly, there’s very little difference between permission and notice. “
Governor JB Pritzker, a Democrat, condemned the Texas law.
Strongly supporting abortion rights, Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act in 2019, consolidating abortion into Illinois law as “a basic right.”
According to a March report by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois calling for the repeal of the Parental Notification Act, each year in the state, approximately 1,000 Illinois residents under the age of 18 years are having an abortion.
CONGRESS: ILLINOIS DELEGATION SEPARATES THE VOTE ON ABORTION
In response to Texas and the potential of other GOP-led states to curb abortion, the Democrat-controlled US House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act on a roll call on Friday. from party line 218-211. The measure protects a woman’s right to abortion. It will probably stagnate in the Senate, since there are not 60 votes to pass it.
All five of the Illinois GOP members in Congress voted against: Mary Miller, Adam Kinzinger, Rodney Davis, Michael Bost and Darin LaHood. All 13 Illinois House Democrats voted yes.
US Representative Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Said in a speech on the ground: “I want to be very clear. Roe v. Wade was not the start of abortions among women, it was the end of women dying of abortions.