Catholic Conference of Illinois

Extreme abortion legislation in IL is on the move
Recent pro-life legislation approved in southern states are making an impact in Illinois -- in an unexpected way.
 
Supporters of extreme abortion legislation introduced in Illinois in February have been energized in reaction to the measures passed in other states. They are making a push to pass the misnamed "Reproductive Health Act" (originally introduced as House Bill 2495 & Senate Bill 1942) and a bill that would repeal current law calling for parents to be notified when a minor seeks an abortion (originally introduced as House Bill 2467 & Senate Bill 1594) before the legislative session ends on May 31.
 
We can't let our guard down.
 
Send an email to or call your state representative and state senator below, and tell them to vote "no" on these bills.
 
As a reminder, the "Reproductive Health Act" goes further than Roe v. Wade in eliminating rights for the unborn child, and jeopardizes conscience protections for doctors, nurses and hospitals who refuse to participate in an abortion. The legislation specifically states: “A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the laws of this State.”


Meanwhile, the current Illinois Parental Notification of Abortion Act calls for a legal guardian to be notified when a minor seeks an abortion. The law allows for exceptions -- including children physically or sexually abused --  as well as a waiver if notification is not in the best interest of the child. Every state that surrounds Illinois requires at least parental notification when a minor seeks an abortion.

(More information about the legislation may be found here.) 

The spring legislative session is scheduled to end on May 31. Lawmakers have yet to craft a budget for the new fiscal year that starts July 1, decide on legalizing marijuana and sports betting, or outline a statewide construction program after years of neglect. This is NOT the time to consider an overhaul of the state's abortion laws.
 
Please contact your state lawmakers NOW.
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