State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) declared today that in light of the Governor’s signing into law one of the most extreme expansions of abortions in America, that he will continue to fight on behalf of the unborn babies who are targeted for abortion in Illinois. Public Act 101-013 (SB 25) now requires private insurance companies to cover abortions and repeals the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975, the Abortion Performance Refusal Act and the Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act.
“The number one job for government is public safety and helping those who cannot help or defend themselves,” commented Rep. Darren Bailey, a member of the Child Care Access & Early Childhood Education Committee. “This law does exactly the opposite! The Governor and his allies call it ‘Reproductive Health’ but this law has nothing to do with healthy reproduction!”
The law now prohibits state interference with this newly created fundamental right to have abortions which will likely result in the nullification of the parental notification act. The language explicitly states that a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the laws of our State. It removes criminal penalties against a doctor who performs an abortion when there is a reasonable possibility of the survival of the fetus outside the womb.
“This extreme expansion of abortion is out of step with what most Illinoisans support,” continued Rep. Bailey. “This bill will deregulate the abortion industry, eliminate the rights of all unborn babies, and eliminate restrictions on late term abortions.”
“Because there is now an overly broad and expansive definition of “fetal viability” and intentionally vague definitions, we will see a significant expansion of post viability abortions in Illinois. We will not be able to enforce our parental notification law that requires parents of minor children to be notified if their daughter seeks and obtains an abortion.”
“This bill gives abortion providers expansive interpretation power with new broad definitions of when late term abortions are allowed. It repeals certain safety standards, repeals the prohibition on sex-selective abortions, mandates Illinois insurance plans must cover abortions, and takes away the requirement that Coroners investigate maternal deaths due to an abortion, and takes away the requirement that only doctors perform abortions. These extreme, expansive changes to Illinois’ abortion laws put mothers and viable unborn babies at risk,” Rep. Bailey concluded.