Morris State Senator Sue Rezin was among those voting in opposition to a bill that would end the requirement that parents receive notification before their child undergoes an abortion procedure.
Rezin says the bill, which passed in the Illinois Senate, is detrimental to children.
Rezin thinks the bill could help sexual predators coerce girls into getting abortions as a means to cover up their crimes. Rezin points out that children need parental permission for many simpler things.
Rezin calls the bill an attack on parental rights.
Proponents say the bill will remove barriers for reproductive health for young people and creates a working group to look at law and identify needed resources pregnant teens or teens who may become pregnant.
The bill now heads to the Illinois House for consideration. Among the bill's House sponsors is Aurora State Rep. Barbara Hernandez.