SPRINGFIELD – Last Friday, Governor Pritzker signed into law a measure that will allow minor girls to get abortions without their parents being notified.
State Representatives Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville); Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur); Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City); Adam Niemerg (R-Dieterich) and Chris Miller (R-Oakland) issued the following statement on the extreme abortion measure Governor JB Pritzker has signed into law.
“There is no pretense of abortion being ‘Safe, Legal and Rare’ into today’s Democrat party. The ‘Shout Your Abortion’ party has no acknowledgement or care about the humanity of unborn children," they said. "But it really should not be surprising that the same far-left extremists who deny innocent, unborn babies the right to life would have no qualms about denying parents the right to know when their minor children are seeking an abortion.
"Reasonable people should find common agreement around the simple premise that parents should at least know when their minor children are seeking an abortion. Supporting parental rights should unite – not divide – Republicans and Democrats. Minors need parental permission to go on field trips, get a driving permit or a sports physical. Parents should be involved in the decision to have a surgical procedure regardless of what surgical procedure it is.
"As a society, we need to get back to promoting and supporting families and that begins with supporting parental rights. But sadly, the political elites in our government have declared a war on parents. From radicalism being infused in school curriculum to mask and vaccine mandates to now a ban on parental notification, the rights of parents are under assault. We urge parents across the state to join with us in our efforts to end Gov. Pritzker’s war on families.”
In response to Governor Pritzker signing House Bill 370 into law, which repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act, State Representative Mark Batinick released the following response:
“The Governor is signing this bill on the Friday before a holiday week with no bill signing ceremony because the majority of the public would be appalled by this bill being signed into law. This legislation protects child rapists and sex traffickers. Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal trade in the world. If the staff at an abortion clinic must notify a trafficked girl’s parent or guardian, there is a higher likelihood her situation will be discovered and she could be saved from trafficking. I’m disgusted Illinois will no longer have this law to protect girls who have been abused and offer them compassion.”