After three decades of trying, parental rights and the rights of a
minor to have an abortion finally will be balanced in Illinois. Sort of.
Beginning today, the parents of a girl 17
or younger were to be notified before she can have an abortion.
The law provides safeguards that bypass the parents if the child
believes she will be harmed if they find out she is pregnant.
But late Monday, state regulators said enforcement of the law would be delayed at least until Wednesday morning, when the medical disciplinary board for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation meets to decide how to implement the law. As if they haven't had time since the law was passed in 1995. But who's surprised; bureaucrats and pro-choice ideologues have been fiddling for decades, trying to stymie the law.
The delays, of course, are unreasonable and hypocritical. The law on its face represents something of a middle ground in the
debate. It is a compromise in that it won't make either side totally
happy. And most of all, it conforms to what most Americans believe:
That their children should not be allowed to have a medical procedure
without parental knowledge.
Yet, radical individualists still rail at the law, arguing that a
"woman's right to choose" trumps everything else, whether it's parental
involvement with their child's well-being or the right of a near-term
baby to be born. They argue that most girls already tell their parents,
and if they don't, that means they have good reason to keep their
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