filed a lawsuit (The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford v. Rauner) against Governor Rauner in Winnebago County, Illinois on behalf of Pregnancy Care Center in Rockford, Dr. Anthony Caruso who runs A Bella Baby OB/GYN, and Aid for Women pregnancy resource center.
This is in response to Governor Rauner signing Senate Bill 1564 which forces medical professionals and pregnancy resource centers to discuss the "benefits" of and refer for abortions.
ADF sent a letter to Rauner in May on behalf of numerous pro-life physicians, pregnancy care centers, and pregnancy care center network organizations advising him that the bill, SB 1564, would violate federal law and therefore place federal funding, including Medicaid reimbursements, in jeopardy. ADF also warned legislators about the problems with the bill last year. The lawsuit claims the new law, which is actually an amendment to the existing Illinois Healthcare Right of Conscience Act, violates state law and the state constitution.
The new law forces medical facilities and physicians who conscientiously object to involvement in abortions to adopt policies that provide women who ask for abortions with a list of providers “they reasonably believe may offer” them. Illinois law prohibits government from placing burdens on religious conscience without a compelling interest for doing so. Additionally, the Illinois Constitution protects “liberty of conscience,” saying that “no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his religious opinions.” It also protects free speech, which includes the right not to be compelled by government to speak a message contrary to one’s own conscience.
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