CHICAGO - A child wanting to get an abortion without notifying her parents has become the first to challenge a state law that took effect Aug. 15 after pro-abortion activists delayed enforcement with nearly two decades of litigation.
Richard Muniz, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, said he expects, and is encouraging, many more minor children to bypass the parent notification law, which state legislators approved in 1995.
The ACLU of Illinois has created a hotline and has has trained 30-40 volunteers on how to circumvent the statute, as well as the steps required for girls to obtain a judicial bypass. They've also been inculcating primary care providers and clinics about their ACLU-defined role in the process.
While the left-wing ACLU has between 60-70 lawyers, they are actively recruiting more, "especially Downstate," said Muniz.