Mary Jane Maharry
Statement attributed to Jennifer Welch, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action:
“Today Governor Pritzker signed into law the Youth Health and Safety Act, which repeals the harmful Parental Notice of Abortion law and provides needed resources for pregnant and parenting youth. It couldn’t have happened at a more crucial time, as reproductive rights are hanging by a thread across the country.
Having the Youth Health and Safety Act in place means one less barrier to health care for young people who already face immense challenges. We are proud the Governor recognizes that the overwhelming majority of young people already voluntarily tell a parent about an unplanned pregnancy—and the few young people who do not involve their parents usually have valid reasons, like fear of physical or emotional abuse; loss of financial support, or homelessness; fear of being forced to give birth against their will; or serious family problems, such as a parent who is incarcerated.
By signing the Youth Health and Safety Act into law, Illinois has ensured that young people can decide to involve the people they trust in their health care decisions and are protected from harmful domestic situations and unnecessary judicial interactions. In short, all Illinoisans, regardless of age, now have the full legal autonomy to make reproductive health care decisions that are best for their bodies.”