Illinois governor signs bill encouraging travel abortions

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker on Friday signed a bill that legally protects out-of-state abortion seekers, as well as abortionists and doctors who perform sexual mutilating surgeries, CBS Chicago reported.

“In addition to protecting reproductive and gender-affirming healthcare patients and providers from lawsuits from multiple states, the law will also protect Illinois licenses of licensed healthcare providers in multiple states who provide legal treatment in Illinois but may cost them their license in a state where it is not,” according to the report. “The measure also prevents insurers from charging more for out-of-network care when in-network providers object to treatment on moral grounds.”

At the signing, Pritzker asserted that a “medical decision should be made between a patient and their health care provider.”

“Here in Illinois, we know reproductive care is health care,” he said.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Senator Celina Villanueva, said the legislation “solidifies Illinois as an island that protects reproductive and gender-affirming rights in the Midwest.”

Planned Parenthood of Illinois says it has seen people from 33 different states since the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade in June 2022, “compared to 10 to 15 before judgment,” the report said. Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Mary Jane Maharry says about 30% of her patients come from out of state, up from 6% before the Dobbs decision.

FILE – Missouri and United States flags fly in front of Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, June 24, 2022. On Wednesday, Dec. 28, a judge rejected efforts by Missouri lawmakers to block Planned Parenthood from receiving any public funding. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Life advocates say the bill contributes to a malevolent state legacy.

“[The governor’s] The pro-abortion legacy is, in practice, harmful to women and robs unborn children of a chance in life. It may be politically expedient for Governor Pritzker today, but it won’t age well,” said Mary Kate Zander, head of anti-abortion organization Illinois Right to Life.

Life News notes that “even before the bill passed, Illinois had some of the most liberal abortion laws in the country.”

“In 2021, the state legislature ignored public wishes and voted to repeal its Parental Notification Act, which required at least one parent to be notified before their minor daughter had an abortion. The state also requires taxpayers to pay for abortions and allows unborn babies to be aborted for virtually any reason up until birth,” according to the pro-life news site.

More than 46,000 unborn babies were killed in abortions in the state in 2020, according to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.


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