Legislative Action

ACTION ALERT - HB 40 (State funding of abortions) PASSES THE HOUSE

HB40 - State Abortion Insurance / Public Aid Act House Sponsors: Rep. Sara Feigenholtz Status: Passed the House now moves to the Se...

Legislation

Illinois Pro-abort Bill:

HB 40 - State Abortion Insurance / Public Aid Act - ACTION ALERT

House Sponsors:
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz

Status:
Passed the House, now going to the Senate

Summary:

This bill has the potential to reverse almost every pro-life effort made in Illinois and will protect abortion if regulated, defunded or outlawed federally.

Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971. 

-Removes a provision prohibiting the non-contributory portion of a program of health-benefits from including the expenses of obtaining an abortion. (If passed, the State Employee's Insurance would cover the expenses of an abortion.).

Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code.

-Removes a provision excluding abortions or induced miscarriages or premature births from the list of services provided under the State's medical assistance program. (If passed, public aid would cover abortions or "induced miscarriages".)

-Removes language providing for the adoption of rules to prohibit a physician from providing medical assistance to anyone eligible for medical assistance benefits if the physician has been found guilty of willfully and wantonly performing an abortion procedure upon a woman who was not pregnant at the time of the procedure. (If passed, a doctor would not be stopped from performing medical services including an abortion even if he/she had been found guilty of performing an unwanted abortion procedure.)

-Removes other provisions concerning abortion restrictions. (If passed, this would remove the requirement for a physician statement the procedure used for an abortion when requesting reimbursement for the abortion, "induced miscarriages" or premature births.  This also removes the need to include the physicians opinion regarding the abortion.)

Amends the Problem Pregnancy Health Services and Care Act. 

-Removes language prohibiting the Department of Human Services from making grants to nonprofit agencies and organizations that use such grants to refer or counsel for, or perform, abortions. (If passed, the Department of Human Services would be allowed to provide money or grants to organizations or companies that perform abortions.)

Amends the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975. 

-Provides that it is the intention of the General Assembly to reasonably regulate abortion in conformance with the legal standards set forth in the decisions of the United States Supreme Court of January 22, 1973.  (If passed, this would keep abortion legal if the Roe Vs. Wade Decision is reversed)

-Removes language concerning the General Assembly's declaration that the unborn child is a human being from the time of conception and is, therefore, a legal person for purposes of the unborn child's right to life. (If passed, this means that an unborn child would NOT be considered a human being and so the unborn child does NOT have the right to life.)

Action:

Now is the time to call your Senator.  Click here to find contact information for your Senator.  Urge them to vote NO on HB40.

Gov. Bruce Rauner promised to veto the legislation so we need to contact Gov. Rauner by clicking here and confirm that he is still going to veto HB40 if it passes the Senate.

Click here for more information on this bill.



Illinois Pro-abort Bill:

SJRCA 0004 Equal Rights Amendment - ACTION ALERT

Senate Sponsors:
Sen. Heather A. Steans - Iris Y. Martinez and Laura M. Murphy

Status:
Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments

Summary:

We strongly urge legislators to oppose this resolution for two reasons:  

(1) The language of the proposed 1972 ERA, which cannot now be revised, is virtually identical to language that the major pro-abortion groups have used in other states (including New Mexico) for highly successful legal attacks on laws protecting unborn children and limiting tax funding of abortion.

(2) The Illinois resolution is part of an effort to evade the federal constitutional amendment process spelled out in the U.S. Constitution itself.

Leading pro-abortion groups – including NARAL, the ACLU, and Planned Parenthood -- have strongly urged state courts to construe state ERAs, containing language virtually identical to the language of the 1972 federal ERA proposal, to invalidate laws that treat abortion differently from other “medical procedures,” including laws restricting tax-funding of abortion and laws requiring parental notification or consent for minors’ abortions.

Consider, for example, the case of New Mexico, which in 1973 adopted a state ERA (“Equality of rights under law shall not be denied on account of the sex of any person”) virtually identical to the federal language that SCR 194/HCR 109 purports to ratify.  In New Mexico, this ERA language was subsequently used as the sole basis for a successful attack the state policy against tax-funding of abortion.  In 1998, every justice on the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed that the state ERA makes it unconstitutional for the state Medicaid program to refuse to fund “medically necessary” abortions (which simply means any abortion performed by a licensed medical professional) if procedures sought by men (e.g., prostate surgery) are funded.

The ERA would specify that limits to abortion are by definition a form of sex discrimination and therefore impermissible under ERA – can be used to invalidate any federal or state restrictions even on partial-birth abortions or third-trimester abortions (since these are sought “only by women”); the federal and state “conscience laws,” which allow government-supported medical facilities and personnel -- including religiously affiliated hospitals -- to refuse to participate in abortions; and parental notification and consent laws.

Action:

Now is the time to call your Senator.  Click here to find contact information for your Senator.  Urge them to vote NO on SJRCA 0004, the Equal Rights Amendment




Illinois Pro-abort Bill:

HB 3735 Clinic Crimes Bill

House Sponsors:
Rep. Conroy

Status:
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading in the House - Held on Calendar Order of Second Reading

Summary:


HB 3735 Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that it is an aggravating factor in sentencing that the defendant committed a crime of violence or criminal damage to property in a woman's health clinic or on the real property comprising the clinic or who intimidates persons attending the clinic or physicians or nurses at the clinic performing services at the clinic. Defines "woman's health clinic" and "crime of violence".

The Illinois Federation for Right to Life does not support violence at or property damage to abortion clinics.  The serious problem with HB 3735, is that it will enhance penalties for imprisonment on speech that is not approved by others by the addition of “intimidation” in this bill.   Protecting free speech, even those we don’t agree with, should generally be all of our concerns.

In the heated debate of abortion, is a person holding a sign that shows aborted baby pictures showing “contempt or ridicule?”   Does heated speech where a person cries out “Don’t kill your baby” rise to “contempt or ridicule” so that it is a crime that carries” 2 years and not more than 10 years in prison?” 

HB 3735 will be “an aggravating factor in sentencing” if done at an abortion clinic rather than any other place.  This is clearly targeted at actually intimidating speech of sidewalk counselors and/or protesters

Action:
Contact your Representatives.  Click here for contact information for your Representative.  Urge the to vote NO on HB 3735




Illinois Pro-Life Bill

HB 282 - Abortion Limitations Bill

House Sponsors:
Rep. Barbara Wheeler and Allen Skillicorn

Status:
Re-referred to Rules Committee

Summary:
Amends the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975. Provides that a person may not perform an abortion of a fetus solely because of the fetus's race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability

Click here for more information on this bill.



Illinois Pro-Life Bill

HB 283 - Ultrasound Opportunity Act

House Sponsors:
Rep. Barbara Wheeler and Allen Skillicorn

Status:
Re-referred to Rules Committee

Summary:
Provides that at any facility where abortions are performed, the physician who is to perform the abortion, the referring physician, or another qualified person working in conjunction with either physician shall offer any woman seeking an abortion after 8 weeks of gestation an opportunity to receive and view an active ultrasound of her unborn child by someone qualified to perform ultrasounds at the facility, or at a facility listed in a listing of local ultrasound providers provided by the facility, prior to the woman having any part of an abortion performed or induced and prior to the administration of any anesthesia or medication in preparation for the abortion.

Click here for more information on this bill.



Illinois - Pro-Life Bill

HB 467 - Amends the Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center Act

House Sponsors:
Rep. Sheri Jesiel


Status:
Re-referred to Rules Committee

Summary:

This bill amends the Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center Act.  It basically renames abortion clinics to "pregnancy termination specialty center" and now will require unannounced inspections of each pregnancy termination specialty center.

Click here for more information on this bill.



Illinois - Pro-Life Bill

HB 532 - Amends the Illinois Anatomical Gift Act

House Sponsors
Rep. Peter Breen


Status:
Re-referred to Rules Committee

Summary:

This bill is amends the Illinois Anatomical Gift Act and adds the unborn child as a decedent so that no part of the the body cannot sold for any purpose without consent. "Decedent" means a deceased individual and includes stillborn infant or fetus and a deceased fetus or unborn child,

Click here for more information on this bill.



Illinois Pro-Life Bill

SB 78 - Funding Responsibility Act

House Sponsors:
Sen. Kyle McCarter

Status:
Re-referred to Assignments

Summary:
Creates the Public Trust in Funding Responsibility Act. This Act would prohibit a State agency from contracting with or making a grant to any entity that performs abortions or maintains or operates a facility where abortions are performed that involves the expenditure of State funds.

Click here for more information on this bill.



Federal Pro-Life Bill:

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act 



A majority of the U.S. Senate voted to advance the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), but on a near party-line vote, a minority blocked consideration of the bill.

Fifty-four (54) senators (51 Republicans and three Democrats) voted to take the bill up for debate, but 60 votes were required. The motion was opposed by 42 senators (two Republicans and 40 Democrats), with four senators absent (one Republican and three Democrats).

The bill would extend federal protections to unborn children who have reached 20 weeks fetal age (22 weeks of pregnancy), with certain exceptions, and to babies who are born alive during late abortions. The bill was developed from model legislation offered by National Right to Life in 2010,enacted thus far in 12 states. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 13, 242-184.

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