Missouri is among 26 states (in orange) that would ban abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Missouri's neighbor, Illinois (in white), is not expected to ban abortion even with the removal of Roe v. Wade. (Guttmacher Institute image)
JEFFERSON CITY – Illinois Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker will soon sign a bill into law that undermines parental authority by repealing a law requiring parents or guardians be notified when girls younger than 18 are referred to abortionists.
The move by Illinois lawmakers is likely to trigger a legislative, and perhaps a legal, challenge from Missouri since it will undercut pro-life legislation signed into law in 2019 by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. That law requires written parental consent before girls under the age of 18 can get an abortion in Missouri. It does not apply to minors traveling to Illinois for an abortion.