by Jill Stanek
Rep. John Fritchey spoke in circles while trying to defend his legislation that would gut Illinois' parental notice law, as quoted by the State Journal-Register, Feb. 23:
"Judicial bypass is not a way for a minor to get advice on health and safety issues," said Rep. John Fritchey, D-Chicago, sponsor of the new legislation. "This is about how best to let young girls in a very difficult situation get the support and advice they need."
When a minor girl doesn't talk to a parent before seeking an abortion, Fritchey said, "there's often a very, very good reason for that."
What is the "very, very good reason for that," Rep. Fritchey?
Are you inferring that a girl might not want to tell a parent she is pregnant because her parent is abusive - perhaps an incest perpetrator? Is that the "safety issue" of which you spoke?
Yet you think alerting the authorities is "not a way" to stop the abuse? Rather, you think alerting the abortion clinic getting money for her abortion is the way?
Rep. Fritchey needs to work on Planned Parenthood's talking points a little more.
[Photo is of Rep. Fritchey receiving a Genocide Education award in 2005. He is now working toward his Teen Genocide Promotion award.]