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URGENT: Teenage reproductive healthcare

Monday, 7 May 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

URGENT: Teenage reproductive healthcare
ACTION: We need you to act today. Check below to see if one of the targeted state legislators is yours. If so, he or she needs to hear from you today about House Bill 317.

BACKGROUND: Chicago Foundation for Women is deeply troubled by the Illinois Supreme Court’s efforts to revive an old law requiring young women to notify their parents about their decision to have an abortion or use the courts to bypass the parental notification requirement.

Understandably, parents want to be involved in their teenagers’ lives, and we know that most parents want what is best for their children. But positive communication between a parent and child can’t be mandated by government. And our court system is too overwhelmed, undertrained and underresourced to help thousands of young women in need of immediate services.

You can help. This law poses a threat to the health and well-being of Illinois young women. But H.B. 317 gives minors more options, allowing them to turn to another trusted family member to seek advice and support, and receive quality counseling from caring professionals. Please help.

The following legislators need to hear from constituents NOW.

Please don’t wait another minute!  Call the numbers below or click here to email.

The targeted legislators who voted NO on HB 317 and need to be heard from immediately are: (Tell them to vote YES on HB 317)

Rep. George Scully,Jr. (D-80, Flossmoor, Crete, Steger, University Park, Lynwood, Glenwood, Homewood) Springfield Phone: 217-782-1719

Rep. Ruth Munson (R-43, Elgin, Carpentersville, South Elgin) Springfield Phone: 217-782-8020

Rep. Careen Gordon (D-75, Morris, Bourbonnais) Springfield Phone: 217-782-5997

Rep. Esther Golar (D-6, Chicago) Springfield Phone: 217-782-5971

Rep. Chuck Jefferson (D-67, Rockford) Springfield Phone: 217-782-3167

Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-112, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Collinsville, Granite City) Springfield Phone: 217-782-8018

Rep. Renee Kosel (R-81, Goodings Grove, Mokena, Frankfort, New Lenox) Springfield Phone: 217-782-0424

Rep. Sandy Pihos (R-42, Downers Grove, Lisle, Glen Ellyn) Springfield Phone: 217-782-8037


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