By Dave Andrusko
As if in a kind of perverse competition, Illinois today matched—and then some—Vermont’s embrace of abortion on demand and without limits.
To say SB 25 is “sweeping” in its promotion of abortion is to dramatically understate how far-reaching the legislation is , signed into law today by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Here’s what Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider said following the House’s 65-40 vote in favor of the “Reproductive Health Act” (RHA):
“In just a few short years, the Democrat party in Illinois went from advocating ‘safe, legal and rare’ to abortion on-demand, at any time, for any reason, and funded by taxpayers. This is not the typical pro-life vs. pro-choice debate I have been accustomed to in my lifetime. The RHA goes much further. It’s an extreme bill that functionally eliminates any and all restrictions for the termination of a life up until the moment of birth. “
But Pritzker saw only glory. “Today we proudly proclaim that in this state, we trust women,” he said at a bill signing event at the Chicago Cultural Center. “And in Illinois we guarantee as a fundamental right a woman’s right to choose.”
So what are the RHA’s provisions? The Thomas More Society analyzed the bill and concluded it would comprise “the most radical piece of abortion legislation that has ever been introduced in Illinois, and…the most radical proposed in any state to date,” said Peter Breen, Vice President and Senior Counsel for the Thomas More Society, and former Illinois House Minority Floor Leader.
- All licensing requirements for abortion clinics are abolished, and health and safety inspections ended, despite those inspections shutting down numerous dirty abortion clinics in recent years
- Dismemberment abortions of “preemie” babies, who feel pain, without anesthesia, are legalized
- Every private health insurance policy, including those for small churches and religious nonprofits, must pay for elective chemical and surgical abortions
- Every unborn child, up to and even during birth, will now have NO legal rights in Illinois
- Abortion is labeled a “fundamental right,” protected to a greater degree than Free Speech and other First Amendment rights
Cumulatively, according to the Thomas More Society, SB 25 “expressly strips all rights from unborn children and wipes nearly every abortion regulation off the books in Illinois, subjecting any that remain to a court challenge under a near-impossible-to-meet ‘strict scrutiny’ standard.”
The bill signing follows by two days the decision by Vermont Gov. Phil Scott to sign H. 57, saying it merely “codified” current abortion practice in Vermont, which was egregiously untrue.
In fact, “H. 57 goes beyond Roe v. Wade,” said Sharon Toborg, Policy Analyst for Vermont Right to Life. Mary Hahn Beerworth, Executive Director of Vermont Right to Life, told NRL News Today that Scott sided with the abortion lobby, “rejecting any regulation of abortion, abortionists, and abortion clinics, including measures to protect the health and safety of girls and women.
Beerworth added Scott’s signature “signals his preference for protecting the business of abortion over other life-affirming options in Vermont statute.”