SPRINGFIELD – Once again, it appears Illinois' Democrat control is on the wrong side of yet another social issue.
Last month, Illinois instituted a way for girls under 18 to get abortions without notifying their parents or guardians. The new policy is in a state where body piercings on minors are not allowed without adult permission, and tanning beds are banned for minors.
Even many voters that call themselves “pro-choice” on the issue of abortion have concerns when underage girls are involved, a new Rasmussen poll found.
A new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports and Real Impact finds that 64% of Likely U.S. voters believe that abortion providers should be required to notify parents before performing abortions on girls under age 18. Only 25% oppose parental notification requirements, while another 11% are not sure.
The issue of abortion and minors made headlines this month in the case of a 10-year-girl in Ohio who had an abortion after authorities say she was raped by an undocumented immigrant. Voters are divided on whether abortion providers should be required to notify law enforcement before performing abortions on pregnant minors who are younger than the age of consent. Forty-three percent (43%) favor such a notification requirement, while 40% would not require notification of law enforcement in cases involving underage pregnant girls. Another 17% are not sure.