Illinois State Rep. Daniel Didech proposed legislation last week that would prohibit Illinois employees from traveling to pro-life states for work purposes. If an employee does travel to a state that has pro-life laws, the Illinois government would not reimburse that employee for the travel expenses.
Nine states passed pro-life laws in 2019 that protect preborn children from abortion after a heartbeat can be detected — usually around six weeks gestation. Certain states also have bans on D&E, or “dismemberment,” abortion, in which a preborn child dies while his limbs are being torn from his body.
Additional states also have bans on abortion based on the baby’s race and sex.
“What these other states are doing is, to me, very dangerous,” Didech said, according to the Journal Star. “To a large extent, yets, abortion is a big part of it, but it’s not entirely about abortion. As a member of the Legislature, I have the responsibility to protect our state employees.”
Didech explained that he is trying to protect pregnant Illinois employees who may travel to these pro-life states, and then not be able to receive the “health care” — meaning abortion — they may need while traveling, or may suffer a miscarriage and then be investigated. These scenarios are, of course, ludicrous.
Abortion is never medically necessary, as has been attested to by thousands of doctors. In an emergency situation, it is faster to perform an emergency c-section than take multiple days to kill the child in a D&E or induction abortion. Every effort should be made to help both the mother and child.
In addition, no woman who suffers a miscarriage should fear being investigated for an illegal abortion. “This is the most harebrained, inconsiderate, illogical ridiculous idea I think I’ve ever heard,” Joshua Edmonds, Executive Director of Georgia Life Alliance, said on Facebook of this oft-repeated myth. “Not only does our law not actually change anything about the current law dealing with miscarriage, it provides an additional layer of protection for mothers who suffer through the pain of child loss in the womb.”
Women would never have to prove that they are innocent of an illegal abortion, because they can’t be prosecuted for an illegal abortion even if they did undergo one. In addition, HIPAA laws would protect any woman from being dragged into an investigation involving a doctor caught committing illegal abortions. It appears that certain Illinois lawmakers are ignorant of these facts.
If this bill becomes law, it would apply to all three branches of the government in Illinois, and to all states with these pro-life laws prohibiting certain abortion procedures or with heartbeat bills until those laws are repealed.
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