Illinois Passes Sweeping Abortion Rights Bill Legalizing Abortion Up Until The Very Moment Of Birth

Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA) was approved 64-50 Monday.

The measure not only legalizes abortion up until the very moment of birth, eliminating the state’s longstanding ban on partial-birth abortion, it utterly ignores the concept of “viability,” making no concessions for unborn children capable of feeling pain in the womb or capable of surviving on the outside.

The bill will go to the Illinois Senate later this week and then to the desk of Democratic Gov. Jay Robert Pritzker, who is expected to sign it into law.

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Weeks ago, Illinois “fast-tracked” a shocking bill designed to make the state the “abortion capital,” and over the weekend a determined legislature passed the collection of changes to state law, rolling back the state’s partial-birth abortion ban and creating a “fundamental right” to abortion.

The legislation is even more shocking considering that it comes amidst a national trend in the opposite direction. States like Alabama, Missouri, Georgia, and Louisiana have all greatly restricted abortion and, in some cases, moved to eliminate the practice almost entirely.

But under Illinois’ new Democratic governor, eliminating protections for the unborn has become a paramount priority, though it’s not immediately clear how many residents of the state — which is so far in debt and mired in fiscal mismanagement that social legislation seems to be little more than a distraction — support the measure. Democrats in the state legislature quietly passed the bill out of committee Saturday, then rushed the measure to a floor vote in the Illinois House on Tuesday.

The Thomas More Society, which fought the bill, released a legal assessment of the measure over the weekend, outlining exactly how extreme Illinois’ new abortion laws really are. More

Women have the right to refrain from engaging in activities that may cause reproduction. I’m not entirely sure why they are given special rights to murder their own babies.

We all have the choice to keep our pants on, use condoms, use birth control, give up children for adoption, or raise children. As far as rights go, that seems pretty good. Why does killing babies have to be included in that list of choices?

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