April 28, 2023

Update on SB1909

Despite an overwhelming number of slips being filed in opposition to SB1909, the Illinois House Health Care Availability & Accessibility Committee on April 25 voted 5-3 to advance the anti-PRC bill for a vote before the full House of Representatives.

The committee vote was along party lines.

Pro-life advocates filed a total of 18,028 witness slips opposing the legislation. Only 3,927 people filed slips in support of the legislation.

Pro-life advocates should reach out to their representatives and urge them to oppose SB1909.

Known as the "Deceptive Practices of Limited Services Pregnancy Centers Act," SB1909 threatens legal action against PRCs that allegedly use "deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, or misrepresentation, or the concealment, suppression, or omission of any material fact" to persuade women against abortion or offer pregnancy-related services.

Pro-life groups take particular issue with the vague "omission of any material fact" language. "Material fact" is not defined by the bill. If a judge decides that information regarding where a pregnant mother can have an abortion constitutes a "material fact," then a PRC could be convicted for refusing to refer a mother to an abortion business.