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Battle and passage expected for abortion legislation in Springfield

Illinois State Capitol. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Illinois State Capitol. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

SPRINGFIELD — New legislation that would mean Illinois gives more access to abortion services than almost anywhere else in the country.

With a Democratic supermajority, the bill is very likely to pass. However, that doesn’t mean anti-abortion forces won’t fight against it.

From Capitol News Illinois:

“Right now, this bill is passing,” said Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel for the Thomas More Society, a conservative, pro-life law firm.

Leading the push in the House are Reps. Kelly Cassidy and Emanuel “Chris” Welch. The Senate’s main sponsors are Sens. Melinda Bush and Elgie Sims Jr.

The measure will not be successful without a philosophical fight initiated by those on the right; or, likely, without Illinois being thrust into the national political spotlight — much like New York was after its state legislature approved an controversial bill with a name identical to the one Illinois’ General Assembly will consider.

Breen said the Thomas More Society will likely challenge some aspect of it in court, and it is probable other conservative legal groups will as well.

The bill, called the Reproductive Health Act, would repeal old laws and set abortion as a fundamental right. The state would be sent reports of abortions performed, but it would not be allowed to interfere with a woman’s right to abortion. It would also bar local governments from barring access to abortion services. It would also remove all criminal penalties for doctors who perform abortions.

You can read more details on the bill and plans to oppose it here.

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