Legislation

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Legislation

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:

Call your Illinois Senator.  Click here to find contact information for your Illinois 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.