I was thrilled to hear the report from our colleagues at the Thomas More Society that the Illinois Supreme Court is finally taking up the question of whether the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995 should finally be enforced. From the TMS blog:
Today, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide a pair of appeals arising out of the ACLU’s latest challenge, based on Illinois’ Constitution of 1970, to the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995—an Act whose enforcement the ACLU has stymied through successive court challenges ever since it became law.
First, the Court ruled it will hear the Attorney General’s petition for review of the Appellate Court’s decision earlier this year, overturning the Cook County Circuit Court’s dismissal of ACLU’s state constitutional challenge to the Act. Second, the Court also granted review of Thomas More Society’s petition, seeking intervention by county prosecutors whom the Act vested with enforcement responsibilities and who contended that the Attorney General was not adequately representing their interests in defense of the Act.
Get the full story at the TMS blog and please say a prayer that this life-saving law would finally get some teeth!