Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would virtually wipe out most restrictions on abortion. The bill, titled “The Reproductive Health Act, “is an extreme bill that would basically enshrine abortion as a positive good in Illinois law,” said pro-life attorney Paul Benjamin Linton in his analysis published Feb. 21. “It would eliminate virtually all common-sense regulation of abortion.”

He went on to urge the people of Illinois and members of the General Assembly to “vigorously and aggressively oppose” the measure.

Among the things the bill would allow if passed:
  • Post-viability abortions could be performed for any reason, by any method and without any obligation on the part of the provider performing the abortion. It would allow abortions to be performed throughout all nine months of pregnancy for any reason.
  • Non-physicians, including nurses and physicians assistants, would be allowed to perform abortions, including surgical abortions. The measure would jeopardize the health and safety of women seeking abortions. Abortion would by law be a virtually unregulated industry.
  • Do-it-yourself abortions would be allowed.
  • It would eliminate the conscience rights of health care workers, social workers and the general citizenry. “The Reproductive Health Act would repeal all of the foregoing rights of conscience, except the Health Care Right of Conscience Act,” according to Linton.
  • It would nullify regulations governing the operation of abortion mills.
  • It would allow Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services to use taxpayer money toward abortions.
  • It would require health insurance policies to cover abortions.
  • It would jeopardize the enforcement of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995.
  • It would get rid of requirements to investigate infant or mothers’ deaths as a result of abortion, or to record infant deaths resulting from abortion.
  • It places no restrictions on experimenting with the bodies of unborn babies.
  • It places in danger any lawsuits over prenatal injuries and wrongful death.

The Land of Lincoln will certainly make a name for itself if the Reproductive Health Act gets signed into law.

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