The removal of parental notice laws empowers Sex Traffickers and Predators...and harms young girls.
The Illinois Senate is considering a bill (HB 2467 & SB 2495) that would completely repeal the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act (“Parental Notice”). Repealing Parental Notice requirements would empower sex traffickers, male predators, abusive boyfriends, and molesters to use abortion to conceal evidence of their crimes against minor girls.
The use of abortion to perpetuate the modern-day slavery of sex trafficking is real. Illinois ranked tenth in the nation in human trafficking in 2018. According to a study by the Global Centurion Foundation, “the prevalence of forced abortion is an especially disturbing trend in sex trafficking.” The study showed that more than half of the survivors reported having at least one abortion, and 30% had one more than one abortion. More than half said the abortion was not their choice. The victims reported that the pressure from pimps to continue the trade did not allow the time for them to carry the baby. The average age of a trafficked girl is 12-14.
Beyond the horrors of sex trafficking, the harms to girls go deeper in our society. 32% of teen pregnancies are fathered by men older than 20, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Employees of abortion clinics in multiple states have been secretly videotaped stating they provide abortions on minors at the request of the older males who brought them to the clinic.
When Parental Notice became effective in Illinois in 2013, abortions on minors dropped 57% according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Who are the losers with Parental Notice? Human sex traffickers. Pimps. Male predators. Who are the winners? Young girls. Parents who care about their young girls. All of us.
Let’s not lose the fundamental protection that Parental Notice provides to our young girls in Illinois. Let’s not become complicit in empowering sex traffickers, pimps, and male predators. Urge Illinois lawmakers to vote “no” on the repeal of Parental Notice in Illinois.