Reproductive Rights, Week in Review, Jan. 1-7


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From the Chicago Trib today

more on the clash between MO and IL over abortion:

It may have been Missouri that passed new abortion restrictions last fall, but the law was clearly aimed at Illinois.

The legislation, which took effect in September, allowed lawsuits against those who "cause, aid or assist" Missouri minors in obtaining abortions without parental consent. The law applies to abortions anywhere, including Illinois, which requires no such consent.

Four months later, the law continues to impose hardships and headaches at the Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, Ill., administrators said. The clinic, just across the Mississippi River from the St. Louis arch, is one of the busiest abortion providers in Illinois.

Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt signed the measure into law in what supporters said is an effort to protect parental rights. Hope employees said they had no choice except to suspend performing abortions on Missouri teenagers who do not have parental approval--or risk a civil lawsuit. If someone who accompanies a minor says he or she is a parent, the clinic must ask for proof.

"I think it's very disturbing that one state can have such a chilling effect on another state's laws," said Sally Burgess, executive director of the Hope Clinic, which saw 5,400 patients in 2005, of which 3 percent, or 167, were pregnant Missouri teens.

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Posted by Madman in the M... on 9 January 2006 - 4:59pm