(750 ILCS 70/5)
Legislative findings and purpose.
The General Assembly finds
that notification of a family member as defined in this Act is in the best
interest of an unemancipated minor, and the General Assembly's purpose in
enacting this parental notice law is to further and protect the best interests
of an unemancipated minor.
The medical, emotional, and psychological consequences of abortion are
sometimes serious and long-lasting, and immature minors often lack the ability
to make fully informed choices that consider both the immediate and long-range
Parental consultation is usually in the best interest of the minor and is
desirable since the capacity to become pregnant and the capacity for mature
judgment concerning the wisdom of an abortion are not necessarily related.
(Source: P.A. 89-18, eff. 6-1-95.)