Illinois’ forced Parental Notification of Abortion (PNA) is a law that harms young people. PNA mandates that when people 17 years old and younger decide to have an abortion, a healthcare provider must notify an adult family member — a parent, grandparent, step-parent they live with, or other legal guardian — at least 48 hours in advance of the procedure.
PNA can and does put young people in danger. Research shows that youth who can tell their parents or caretakers do. But young people who don’t have those safe relationships have very real concerns about their well-being, and are the ones most likely to suffer harmful consequences.