* CBS News…
Mary Kate Knorr, the executive director for Illinois Right to Life, told CBS News that she’s “disgusted” by the new laws and that they’ve made Illinois the “abortion capital of the Midwest.”
That’s why she’s embarking on an over 20-event tour of intimate, fireside chats around the state. She’s hoping to unify and strengthen activists who oppose abortion in Illinois and ultimately repeal the law.
At the inaugural event Wednesday evening, Knorr spoke to a crowd of 60 or 70 at a church an hour outside Chicago, explaining her interpretation of the Reproductive Health Act. One provision of the new law repeals the state’s formal parental notification requirement for minors seeking an abortion; now, those under the age of 18 will able to obtain the procedure without their parents’ knowledge, a detail that shocked many in the room.
The audience may have been shocked, but that’s not in the new law. You’d think a national news outlet would do a bit of checking before publishing something like that. In fact, the bill deleting the parental notification law did not advance in the spring session. Proponents are hoping to pass it sometime in the future.
* Just last week from Illinois Public Radio…
Despite the expansion of abortion rights that passed this spring, the parental-notification legislation was deemed too controversial, even among Democrats.
I mean, a simple Google search would’ve worked. Sheesh.