Abortion legislation has cropped up in the Illinois Legislature, as four bills were filed the week of Feb. 11. A brief summary is below and fact sheets, a legal analysis, and information about Life Advocacy Days sponsored by the diocesan Respect Life offices can be found here. Our bishops on Feb. 21 issued a statement regarding this extreme legislation. Read it here.
House Bill 2467 & Senate Bill 1594:
- Repeals Illinois Parental Notification of Abortion Act
This current law requires a parent or legal guardian be notified when a minor seeks an abortion. It includes a waiver for children who have been physically or sexually abused. The law was passed in 1995 but not implemented until 2013, when the Illinois Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in favor of it. According to Illinois Department of Public Health statistics, abortions obtained by minors have decreased 57 percent since 2013. Abortions obtained by adults in the same time frame have dropped 15 percent.
Minors today in Illinois cannot legally use an indoor tanning bed; buy cigarettes, alcohol or lottery tickets; apply for a credit card, or vote in an election. They need parental consent if they want to get a tattoo or body piercing, or join the armed forces. Every state that surrounds Illinois requires at least parental notification when a minor seeks an abortion.
House Bill 2495 & Senate Bill 1942:
We will keep you updated at www.ilcatholic.org and via emails sent through our Illinois Catholic Advocacy Network (I-CAN).
- Goes further than Roe v. Wade in eliminating rights for the unborn child.
- Jeopardizes conscience protections for doctors, nurses, and hospitals who refuse to participate in an abortion.
- Removes abortion clinics from regulations for serious medical procedures.
- Removes the requirement that only doctors can perform abortions.
- Repeals the current state ban on partial-birth abortions.
Use the pre-composed emails below to contact your state House and Senate lawmakers and urge them to vote "no" on HB 2467, SB 1594, HB 2495 and SB 1942.