A repeal of parental notification for abortion law dismisses parents who can help their daughters

Fathers are often in a position to help their pregnant teenage daughters, perhaps with adoption, helping to raise the child or at least support during pregnancy.

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Your editorial urging repeal of Illinois’ parental notification for abortion law — which requires girls age 17 and younger seeking an abortion to notify a parent or get approval from a judge to bypass the requirement — dwells on the handful of problems that young women have encountered, without mentioning the law’s benefits. There are two that stand out

First, fathers are often in a position to help their pregnant teenage daughters. In my family law practice, I represent many fathers whose presence in their daughters’ lives is unfortunately limited. But these men, if they knew about their daughter’s predicament, would try to help — possibly with adoption or even helping to raise the child, but certainly with support throughout the pregnancy. An informed father might even retain legal counsel to identify his daughter’s impregnator and secure child support, even if it’s only a small amount.

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Second, some girls become pregnant because they are sexually assaulted. Parents who are notified can follow up and make sure the police are called and that the offender is held accountable. What father wants to be ignorant of the fact that his daughter was raped and is pregnant as a result?

Some girls do face obstacles with judicial bypass, and we can work to remove those obstacles. But to repeal the law would be to discard parents, especially fathers, who in many cases can and do help their daughters.

Jeffery M. Leving, Loop

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