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Abortion in Illinois

PRAISE GOD THAT THIS PAST TUESDAY, for the first time since Roe vs. Wade was decided, Illinois parents will be entitled to notification before their minor daughters are taken for abortions. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has dissolved the federal injunction against the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act. This decision is the culmination of four years work by the Thomas More Society (TMS), particularly TMS Special Counsel Paul Linton. The Parental Notice Act (approved in 1995) was supposed to require notification but it has been in legal limbo for more than ten years because of the Illinois Supreme Court’s refusal to issue the rules necessary to make the Act effective. Since 1995 alone, over 50,000 Illinois minors have obtained abortions, more than 4,000 of whom were 14 years old or younger, without any requirement to notify their parents beforehand. Thankfully this statistic is about to change.

The battle is certainly not over; the abortion industry is still alive and well. But WHEN GOD’S PEOPLE HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY THINGS HAVE TO CHANGE. And this week in Illinois, we have witnessed just that. “Evil men don’t understand the importance of justice, but those who follow the Lord are much concerned about it.” (Proverbs 28:5 NKJV) (IFI Website, 7/14/09)