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Testimony before the Illinois State Legislature on HB 370: Youth Health and Safety Act

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University of Chicago

Below is an excerpt from a testimony conducting research to understand and address the individual, social and structural determinants of adolescent sexual and reproductive health..

Lee Hasselbacher is a senior policy researcher with Ci3, an academic research center at the University of Chicago. Ci3 conducts research to understand and address the individual, social and structural determinants of adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Ci3’s mission is to create a world in which all youth emerge into adulthood with agency over their bodies and futures. Dr. Catherine Hennessey is an OB GYN focused on family planning that counsels young women about pregnancy options and provides abortion care at the University of Chicago Medical Center. We are writing in support of this bill which repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995. Our research and that of others reveals the complicated lives of pregnant young people and suggests that they are the ones best able to identify the people in their lives who can help them make decisions about a pregnancy.

We are writing in support of this bill which repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995. Our research and that of others reveals the complicated lives of pregnant young people and suggests that they are the ones best able to identify the people in their lives who can help them make decisions about pregnancy.