In a statement dated February 21, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Illinois outlines the harmful provisions in Illinois House Bill 2495 and Senate Bill 1942, both recently filed in the General Assembly. The bills:
- Seek to define abortion as health care and a fundamental right,
- Remove abortion clinics from a regulatory framework designed for significant
- Attack a carefully constructed agreement in law on how hospitals care for the
victims of sexual assault,
- Repeal the ban on partial birth abortion,
- Repeal legal protections for doctors and hospitals who decline to participate in abortions,
- Require private health insurance in Illinois to fully cover the cost of abortion,
- Remove the requirement that only doctors can perform abortions, and
- Include many other changes that in totality require us to treat abortion as a
celebrated right instead of a heart-wrenching tragedy.
In addition, recently filed House Bill 2467 and Senate Bill 1594 seek to repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. The current law requires a parent or legal guardian be notified when a minor seeks an abortion. Every other state bordering Illinois-Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Iowa-requires at least parental notification.
The statement continues: “In the days ahead, we will be distributing more information and calls to action. Today, we ask for your prayers and support as you certainly have ours.”
For the complete text of the bishops’ statement, go to the St. Thomas Website (www.stapostle.org) and Type “Illinois Bishops” in the search engine.
You can find the complete statement HERE.