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Illinois' abortion notification law harms free speech


Illinois' abortion notification law harms free speech
Chicago Tribune

Few issues evoke stronger feelings or more basic divisions than abortion. Those who think it should be legal regard it as part of women's basic autonomy and liberty. Those who think it should be outlawed in all or some cases see it as the deliberate and unwarranted taking of a human life. Forty-four years after the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision, the two sides remain as opposed as ever.The right to abortion, as the court ruled then, is protected by the constitutional right of privacy. But that leaves other questions unanswered. The one posed by an Illinois law is: To what extent can medical professionals who are morally opposed to the procedure be forced to facilitate it?A state law passed in 1977 provides broad coverage for rights of conscience. It says no doctors or nurses may be required to "perform, assist, counsel, suggest, recommend, refer or participate in any way" in any procedure that violates their moral convictions.

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