Breaking: IL Pregnancy Centers Now Protected from Radical Abortion Law

woman-with-counselorOn Wednesday, a Federal Judge granted a temporary injunction covering ALL Illinois pro-life pregnancy centers and pro-life medical professionals from having to comply with SB1564 – the radical abortion law that went into effect Jan 1.  This law says PRCs and pro-life medical professionals must tell patients the “benefits” of abortion and assist them in finding an abortion clinic.

Attorney Noel W. Sterett, with Mauck & Baker, who represents The Life Center, Inc. and is co-counseling on the case with the Alliance Defending Freedom,  told us:

“This injunction is a big win for all pregnancy resource centers and pro-life health care personnel in Illinois. With the federal court’s preliminary injunction in place until the end of the case, all Illinois pregnancy resource centers and pro-life doctors and nurses in Illinois can continue serving women without fear of the state’s enforcement of this unconstitutional law.”  

This protection from the law will last until the lawsuit in the Federal Court has been fully litigated and the Court makes a final determination with regards to the constitutionality of the law.

“This is a huge victory for the Illinois pro-life movement and a step in the right director towards sending this law to the dumpster,” said Emily Troscinski executive director of Illinois Right to Life. The federal judge in his order stated what we already knew – this law is clearly targets the First Amendment Rights of pro-life people. We will never comply with this law.”

For months now, nearly all Illinois pregnancy help centers have stopped operating because of this radical abortion law.

Today, these pregnancy centers can re-open their doors and get back to their life-saving work. 

The devastating consequence of this law in the first seven months of the year is still unknown. Pregnancy help centers like Aid for Women, who received an earlier protection from the law, saw dramatic increases in the number of women seeking help because of the closure of other PRCs.

Hopefully, this new relief will allow all PRCs and doctors to operate with the peace of mind that they do not have to assist in the dismembering of a person but can continue their life-saving work of empowering women and saving babies from abortion.

You can read the Mauck & Baker press release and Federal Court order here.