PRESS RELEASE: Parents Matter Coalition Launches Effort to Put Illinois Parents’ Rights on the Ballot in 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Information:
Mary Kate Zander
Spokesperson
Parents Matter Coalition
P: 312-422-9300
E: [email protected]
RELEASE DATE: October 16, 2023

PARENTS MATTER COALITION LAUNCHES EFFORT TO PUT ILLINOIS PARENTS’ RIGHTS ON THE BALLOT IN 2024

(CHICAGO, IL) – – On Monday, October 16, the Parents Matter Coalition officially launched a statewide effort to put parents’ rights on the ballot in 2024 in Illinois.

The Parents Matter Coalition – a project of Illinois Right to Life Action – was formed by a group of Illinois residents who believe that minor children require the guidance of their parents, particularly when faced with life-altering medical decisions.

“Minors often need parent permission – to get their ears pierced, to go on field trips, and to purchase medication, for example. It is common sense that they should also require parental consent when making major medical decisions, like the decision to take hormone blockers or to obtain an abortion,” said Mary Kate Zander, spokesperson for the Parents Matter Coalition. “For the vast majority of parents, this is a no-brainer. That’s why we believe this initiative will receive widespread support.”

The Petition for Submission proposes an Advisory Question of Public Policy on the Right to Parent, which states:

Shall the written consent from a minor’s parent or guardian be required before any entity, person, clinic or school can provide a minor (under the age of 18 years) any non-emergency medical procedure, medication, pharmaceutical, or any gender modification procedure, gender identification counseling or gender therapy?

Should the effort receive the required number of signatures, the question will appear on the ballot on Election Day in 2024.

More information on the Parents Matter Coalition and the Right to Parent initiative can be found at www.parentsmattercoalition.org.

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