According to Illinois Right to Life, thousands of people have contacted state legislators voicing concern over two extreme Illinois abortion bills. Despite this, politicians in the state appear to be preparing to move forward with the bills and could vote as soon as today before the holiday weekend begins. The pro-life group urged Illinoisans to call their legislators and can find the contact information here.
“This may be our last chance to have our voices heard,” said Illinois Right to Life. “Offices open in Springfield at 8:30. If you’ve called before, please call again. If you haven’t called yet, today is the day.”
House Bill 2495 seeks to essentially repeal all of the existing abortion restrictions in the state. That includes limits on late-term abortion and abortions after the point of viability. This will allow for abortion up until birth for any reason, taking abortion-on-demand in Illinois to a level above New York. The bill would also force all private health insurance plans to pay for abortions without any exceptions for religious, nonprofit, or pro-life organizations. And shockingly, the bill also aims to roll back certain safety standards for abortion facilities leading to unsafe conditions for women.
House Bill 2467 would repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995, allowing teens to undergo abortions without parental knowledge. If a teen experiences complications from an abortion after she leaves the abortion facility, her parents would not know what had happened and emergency personnel would have incomplete medical data with which to treat her properly. Imagine if the abortion were incomplete and pieces of the preborn child were in her uterus, yet no one treating her knew to look for this complication.
These Illinois abortion bills are extreme in a state already known as an abortion “oasis” because of its already loose laws. More than 5,500 women traveled to the state for abortions in 2017 alone. These bills seek to expand that, despite consistent polling that shows Americans want restrictions on abortion.
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