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FAMILIES
(750 ILCS 70/) Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995.

750 ILCS 70/1

    (750 ILCS 70/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995.
(Source: P.A. 89-18, eff. 6-1-95.)

750 ILCS 70/5

    (750 ILCS 70/5)
    Sec. 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 consequences.
    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.)

750 ILCS 70/10

    (750 ILCS 70/10)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Abortion" means the use of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance or device to terminate the pregnancy of a woman known to be pregnant with an intention other than to increase the probability of a live birth, to preserve the life or health of a child after live birth, or to remove a dead fetus.
    "Actual notice" means the giving of notice directly, in person, or by telephone.
    "Adult family member" means a person over 21 years of age who is the parent, grandparent, step-parent living in the household, or legal guardian.
    "Constructive notice" means notice by certified mail to the last known address of the person entitled to notice with delivery deemed to have occurred 48 hours after the certified notice is mailed.
    "Incompetent" means any person who has been adjudged as mentally ill or developmentally disabled and who, because of her mental illness or developmental disability, is not fully able to manage her person and for whom a guardian of the person has been appointed under Section 11a-3(a)(1) of the Probate Act of 1975.
    "Medical emergency" means a condition that, on the basis of the physician's good faith clinical judgment, so complicates the medical condition of a pregnant woman as to necessitate the immediate abortion of her pregnancy to avert her death or for which a delay will create serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of major bodily function.
    "Minor" means any person under 18 years of age who is not or has not been married or who has not been emancipated under the Emancipation of Minors Act.
    "Neglect" means the failure of an adult family member to supply a child with necessary food, clothing, shelter, or medical care when reasonably able to do so or the failure to protect a child from conditions or actions that imminently and seriously endanger the child's physical or mental health when reasonably able to do so.
    "Physical abuse" means any physical injury intentionally inflicted by an adult family member on a child.
    "Physician" means any person licensed to practice medicine in all its branches under the Illinois Medical Practice Act of 1987.
    "Sexual abuse" means any sexual conduct or sexual penetration as defined in Section 11-0.1 of the Criminal Code of 2012 that is prohibited by the criminal laws of the State of Illinois and committed against a minor by an adult family member as defined in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

750 ILCS 70/15

    (750 ILCS 70/15)
    Sec. 15. Notice to adult family member. No person shall knowingly perform an abortion upon a minor or upon an incompetent person unless the physician or his or her agent has given at least 48 hours actual notice to an adult family member of the pregnant minor or incompetent person of his or her intention to perform the abortion, unless that person or his or her agent has received a written statement by a referring physician certifying that the referring physician or his or her agent has given at least 48 hours notice to an adult family member of the pregnant minor or incompetent person. If actual notice is not possible after a reasonable effort, the physician or his or her agent must give 48 hours constructive notice.
(Source: P.A. 89-18, eff. 6-1-95.)

750 ILCS 70/20

    (750 ILCS 70/20)
    Sec. 20. Exceptions. Notice shall not be required under this Act if:
        (1) the minor or incompetent person is accompanied by
    
a person entitled to notice; or
        (2) notice is waived in writing by a person who is
    
entitled to notice; or
        (3) the attending physician certifies in the
    
patient's medical record that a medical emergency exists and there is insufficient time to provide the required notice; or
        (4) the minor declares in writing that she is a
    
victim of sexual abuse, neglect, or physical abuse by an adult family member as defined in this Act. The attending physician must certify in the patient's medical record that he or she has received the written declaration of abuse or neglect. Any notification of public authorities of abuse that may be required under other laws of this State need not be made by the person performing the abortion until after the minor receives an abortion that otherwise complies with the requirements of this Act; or
        (5) notice is waived under Section 25.
(Source: P.A. 89-18, eff. 6-1-95.)

750 ILCS 70/25

    (750 ILCS 70/25)
    Sec. 25. Procedure for judicial waiver of notice.
    (a) The requirements and procedures under this Section are available to minors and incompetent persons whether or not they are residents of this State.
    (b) The minor or incompetent person may petition any circuit court for a waiver of the notice requirement and may participate in proceedings on her own behalf. The court shall appoint a guardian ad litem for her. Any guardian ad litem appointed under this Act shall act to maintain the confidentiality of the proceedings. The circuit court shall advise her that she has a right to court-appointed counsel and shall provide her with counsel upon her request.
    (c) Court proceedings under this Section shall be confidential and shall ensure the anonymity of the minor or incompetent person. All court proceedings under this Section shall be sealed. The minor or incompetent person shall have the right to file her petition in the circuit court using a pseudonym or using solely her initials. All documents related to this petition shall be confidential and shall not be made available to the public.
    These proceedings shall be given precedence over other pending matters to the extent necessary to ensure that the court reaches a decision promptly. The court shall rule and issue written findings of fact and conclusions of law within 48 hours of the time that the petition is filed, except that the 48-hour limitation may be extended at the request of the minor or incompetent person. If the court fails to rule within the 48-hour period and an extension is not requested, then the petition shall be deemed to have been granted, and the notice requirement shall be waived.
    (d) Notice shall be waived if the court finds by a preponderance of the evidence either:
        (1) that the minor or incompetent person is
    
sufficiently mature and well enough informed to decide intelligently whether to have an abortion, or
        (2) that notification under Section 15 of this Act
    
would not be in the best interests of the minor or incompetent person.
    (e) A court that conducts proceedings under this Section shall issue written and specific factual findings and legal conclusions supporting its decision and shall order that a confidential record of the evidence and the judge's findings and conditions be maintained.
    (f) An expedited confidential appeal shall be available, as the Supreme Court provides by rule, to any minor or incompetent person to whom the circuit court denies a waiver of notice. An order authorizing an abortion without notice shall not be subject to appeal.
    (g) The Supreme Court is respectfully requested to promulgate any rules and regulations necessary to ensure that proceedings under this Act are handled in an expeditious and confidential manner.
    (h) No fees shall be required of any minor or incompetent person who avails herself of the procedures provided by this Section.
(Source: P.A. 89-18, eff. 6-1-95.)

750 ILCS 70/30

    (750 ILCS 70/30)
    Sec. 30. Minor's consent to abortion. A person may not perform an abortion on a minor without the minor's consent, except in a medical emergency.
(Source: P.A. 89-18, eff. 6-1-95.)

750 ILCS 70/35

    (750 ILCS 70/35)
    Sec. 35. Reports. The Department of Public Health shall comply with the reporting requirements set forth in the consent decree in Herbst v. O'Malley, case no. 84-C-5602 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.
(Source: P.A. 89-18, eff. 6-1-95.)

750 ILCS 70/40

    (750 ILCS 70/40)
    Sec. 40. Penalties.
    (a) Any physician who willfully fails to provide notice as required under this Act before performing an abortion on a minor or an incompetent person shall be referred to the Illinois State Medical Disciplinary Board for action in accordance with Section 22 of the Medical Practice Act of 1987.
    (b) Any person, not authorized under this Act, who signs any waiver of notice for a minor or incompetent person seeking an abortion, is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 89-18, eff. 6-1-95.)

750 ILCS 70/45

    (750 ILCS 70/45)
    Sec. 45. Immunity. Any physician who, in good faith, provides notice in accordance with Section 15 or relies on an exception under Section 20 shall not be subject to any type of civil or criminal liability or discipline for unprofessional conduct for failure to give required notice.
(Source: P.A. 89-18, eff. 6-1-95.)

750 ILCS 70/50

    (750 ILCS 70/50)
    Sec. 50. Severability and inseverability. If any provision of this Act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity of that provision or application does not affect other provisions or applications of the Act that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, except that Section 25 is inseverable to the extent that if all or any substantial and material part of Section 25 is held invalid, then the entire Act is invalid.
(Source: P.A. 89-18, eff. 6-1-95.)

750 ILCS 70/85

    (750 ILCS 70/85)
    Sec. 85. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 89-18, eff. 6-1-95.)

750 ILCS 70/90

    (750 ILCS 70/90)
    Sec. 90. The Illinois Abortion Parental Consent Act of 1977 is repealed.
(Source: P.A. 89-18, eff. 6-1-95.)

750 ILCS 70/95

    (750 ILCS 70/95)
    Sec. 95. The Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1983 is repealed.
(Source: P.A. 89-18, eff. 6-1-95.)

750 ILCS 70/99

    (750 ILCS 70/99)
    Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 89-18, eff. 6-1-95.)