The Youth Health and Safety Act repealing abortion parental notification: Why Sen. Tracy says ‘no’ and Rep. Williams supports its passage

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FILE-In this May 4, 2016, file photo, Illinois Rep. Ann Williams, D-Chicago, speaks to reporters at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. House Speaker Michael Madigan on Tuesday released a report by former state executive inspector general Maggie Hickey where she found that Madigan ex-chief of staff Timothy Mapes’ power was too centralized for appropriate communication. Madigan says he takes “responsibility for not doing enough.” Williams, speaking for a group of eight women representatives who chose the investigator, says the Capitol is an “unconventional workplace” posing greater challenges to ending harassment, but she says Hickey’s report should serve as a guidepost. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Minors no longer have to inform their parents of their abortions, after the passage of the Youth Health and Safety Act, which canceled out a 26-year-old law. Senator Jil Tracy of Quincy explains why she thinks it shouldn’t have passed, and Representative Ann Williams holds firm on its passage.

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