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My Parents Would Kill Me
January 20 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Dear Members and Supporters,
Imagine this situation: You’re 15 … you’re pregnant … and you can’t tell your parents. In Illinois, young women in this situation are forced by law to plead for their right to an abortion to a judge, a process that can be deeply shaming and humiliating. This horrendous requirement of the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion (PNA) law has to be stopped. We’ve got more than six years of proof: Requiring parental notice causes serious harm to way too many young people. It’s time to repeal it.
Our NOW chapter is hosting this vitally important online event at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday January 20, featuring distinguished attorneys Emily Werth and Melissa Widen, both deeply experienced at helping courageous young women whose home situation is so dire that they would prefer to go before a judge than tell their family.
Please join us — Click here to register …
Please share this registration link: tinyurl.com/repealpna
Emily Werth (she/her) is a Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois where her work focuses on women’s and reproductive rights. Emily joined the ACLU of Illinois in the fall of 2014. She is a 2006 graduate of the University of Chicago and a 2011 graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was active in the Tenant Advocacy Project and the Employment Civil Rights Clinic, and was an editor of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Before coming to the ACLU of Illinois, Emily worked as a Skadden Fellow at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law in Chicago, and then as a fellow at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Melissa Widen (she/her) has demonstrated her deep commitment to women’s rights and reproductive justice in her role as a board member of Personal PAC for the past twelve years, serving as its third board chair. Melissa is a volunteer attorney with the ACLU Judicial Bypass Project, helping young women in harm’s way due to Illinois’ dangerous Parental Notice of Abortion (PNA) law. Melissa is Co-Founder and Chief Administrative Officer of the First Women’s Bank, a Trustee of the Chicago Jewish Women’s Foundation, and recipient of the 2016 Chicago Foundation for Women Impact Award.
The event is hosted by us — North & NW Suburban NOW — and co-sponsored by ACLU of Illinois, Chicago NOW, Illinois Choice Action Team, Illinois Democratic Women, Illinois Handmaids, Illinois NOW, McHenry County Citizens for Choice, McHenry NOW, Men 4 Choice, Midwest Access Coalition, Personal PAC, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, Winnebago County Citizens for Choice, and others.
Please join us for this REALLY important event. Please click here to register and spread the word to all your friends far and wide.
Thanks so much, and take care,