Pro-Life Legislation

House Bill 3850 – State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, Brad Halbrook, Amy Grant, Chris Miller – PRO-LIFE BILL – It has been filed with the Clerk on 6/27/19.

Synopsis As Introduced

Repeals the Reproductive Health Act. Creates the Illinois Abortion Law of 2019 containing the provisions of the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 before its repeal by Public Act 101-13, as well as provisions defining “viability” to include when, in the medical judgement of the attending physician based on the particular facts of the case before the attending physician, the unborn child has a fetal heartbeat, and defining “fetal heartbeat” as the cardiac activity or the steady and repetitive rhythmic contraction of the fetal heart within the gestational sac. Creates the Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act of 2019 and the Abortion Performance Refusal Act of 2019 containing the provision so the Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act and the Abortion Performance Refusal Act before their repeal by Public Act 101-13. Amends various Acts by resorting the language that existed before the amendment of those Acts by Public Act 101-13. Effective immediately.

 

House Bill 340 – State Rep. Patrick Windhorst – PRO-LIFE BILL – It has been referred to Rules Committee.

Note:  This bill would repeal the language of HB 40

 

House Bill 342 – State Rep. Darren Bailey –  PRO-LIFE BILL – It has been referred to Rules Committee.

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Public Health to create and maintain a list of each immunizing agent derived from aborted fetal tissue and any alternative immunizing agents. Provides that the Department shall ensure that, before administering an immunizing agent derived from aborted fetal tissue to an individual, a health care provider shall provide to the individual or, if the individual is a child, to the parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis of the child: (1) notification that the immunizing agent was derived from aborted fetal tissue; (2) if an immunizing agent that is not an immunizing agent derived from aborted fetal tissue is available as an alternative to an immunizing agent derived from aborted fetal tissue, an offer of the alternative; and (3) notification of the option to decline the receipt of the immunizing agent. Effective immediately.

 

House Bill 1620 – State Rep. Allen Skillicorn – PRO-LIFE BILL – It has been referred to Rules Committee.

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975. Provides that subsequent to the abortion, if a child is born alive, the physician required to be in attendance shall exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as would be required of a physician providing immediate medical care to a child born alive at the same gestational age (rather than in the course of a pregnancy termination which was not an abortion).

 

House Bill 2058Representative Patrick Windhorst – PRO-LIFE BILL – It has been referred to Rules Committee.

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975. Provides that except in the case of a medical emergency, a physician or person shall not knowingly perform, induce, or attempt to perform an abortion upon a pregnant woman when the probable gestational age of her unborn child has been determined to be at least 20 weeks. Provides that a woman upon whom an abortion in violation of the Act is performed or induced may not be prosecuted under the Act for a conspiracy to violate the 20 week requirement. Provides that the woman, the father of the unborn child if married to the mother at the time she receives an abortion in violation of the Act, or, if the mother has not attained the age of 18 years at the time of the abortion, or both, the maternal grandparents of the unborn child, may in a civil action obtain appropriate relief, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff’s criminal conduct or, if brought by the maternal grandparents, the maternal grandparents consented to the abortion. Provides that a medical facility licensed under the Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center Act or the Hospital Licensing Act in which an abortion is performed or induced in violation of the Act shall be subject to immediate revocation of its license by the Department of Public Health. Provides that a medical facility licensed under the Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center Act or the Hospital Licensing Act in which an abortion is performed or induced in violation of the Act shall lose all State funding for 2 years and shall reimburse the State for moneys or grants received from the State by the medical facility for the fiscal year in which the abortion in violation of the Act was performed.

 

House Bill 2221Representative Chris Miller –  PRO-LIFE BILL – It has been referred to Rules Committee.

Synopsis As Introduced

Creates the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Provides that neither the State nor any of its subdivisions may authorize the use of, appropriate, or expend funds to pay for an abortion or to cover any part of the costs of a health plan that includes coverage of abortion or to provide or refer for an abortion, unless a woman who suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death if an abortion is not performed. Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 and the Illinois Public Aid Code. Excludes from the programs of health benefits and services authorized under those Acts coverage for elective abortions as provided in the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Prohibits a physician who has been found guilty of performing an abortion procedure in a willful and wanton manner upon a woman who was not pregnant when the abortion procedure was performed from participating in the State’s Medical Assistance Program. Provides that the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall require a written statement, including the required opinion of a physician, to accompany a claim for reimbursement for abortions or induced miscarriages or premature births. Makes other changes. Amends the Problem Pregnancy Health Services and Care Act. Permits the Department of Human Services to make grants to nonprofit agencies and organizations that do not use those grants to refer or counsel for, or perform, abortions. Contains provisions regarding applicability and preempts home rule. Effective June 1, 2019.

 

House Bill 2281Representative Thomas Morrison  PRO-LIFE BILL – It has been referred to Rules Committee.

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975. Provides that a person may not perform an abortion of a fetus solely because of the fetus’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability. Provides that at least 18 hours before an abortion is performed on a pregnant woman whose fetus is diagnosed with a lethal fetal anomaly, the physician who will perform the abortion shall: (1) orally and in person, inform the pregnant woman of the availability of perinatal hospice services; and (2) provide the pregnant woman copies of the perinatal hospice brochure developed by the Department of Public Health and the list of perinatal hospice providers and programs by printing the perinatal hospice brochure and list of perinatal hospice providers from the Department’s Internet web site. Provides that the Department shall adopt rules within 90 days after the effective date of the bill to implement these provisions. Provides that the report of abortions submitted to the Department shall include the gender of the fetus, if detectable; and whether the fetus has been diagnosed with or has a potential diagnosis of having Down syndrome or any other disability. Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally performs an abortion in violation of these provisions may be subject to: (1) disciplinary sanctions under the Medical Practice Act of 1987; and (2) civil liability for wrongful death. Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1987 to make conforming changes. Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that it is unlawful discrimination under the Act to perform an abortion solely because of the race, color, sex, disability, national origin, or ancestry of the fetus. Effective immediately.

 

House Bill 2286 – Representative Thomas Morrison – PRO-LIFE BILL – It has been referred to Rules Committee.

Synopsis As Introduced

Creates the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Provides that neither the State nor any of its subdivisions may authorize the use of, appropriate, or expend funds to pay for an abortion or to cover any part of the costs of a health plan that includes coverage of abortion or to provide or refer for an abortion, unless a woman who suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death if an abortion is not performed. Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 and the Illinois Public Aid Code. Excludes from the programs of health benefits and services authorized under those Acts coverage for elective abortions as provided in the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Prohibits a physician who has been found guilty of performing an abortion procedure in a willful and wanton manner upon a woman who was not pregnant when the abortion procedure was performed from participating in the State’s Medical Assistance Program. Provides that the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall require a written statement, including the required opinion of a physician, to accompany a claim for reimbursement for abortions or induced miscarriages or premature births. Makes other changes. Amends the Problem Pregnancy Health Services and Care Act. Permits the Department of Human Services to make grants to nonprofit agencies and organizations that do not use those grants to refer or counsel for, or perform, abortions. Contains provisions regarding applicability and preempts home rule. Effective June 1, 2019.

 

House Bill 2294 – Charles Meier –  PRO-LIFE BILL – It has been referred to Rules Committee.

Synopsis As Introduced

Creates the Ultrasound Opportunity Act. Sets forth legislative findings and definitions. Provides that at any facility where abortions are performed, the physician who is to perform the abortion, the referring physician, or another qualified person working in conjunction with either physician shall offer any woman seeking an abortion after 8 weeks of gestation an opportunity to receive and view an active ultrasound of her unborn child by someone qualified to perform ultrasounds at the facility, or at a facility listed in a listing of local ultrasound providers provided by the facility, prior to the woman having any part of an abortion performed or induced and prior to the administration of any anesthesia or medication in preparation for the abortion. Provides that the requirements of the Act shall not apply when, in the medical judgment of the physician performing or inducing the abortion, there exists a medical emergency. Contains a severability provision. Effective immediately.

 

House Bill 2384 – State Rep. Patrick Windhorst – PRO-LIFE BILL  – NEW  – It has been referred to Rules Committee.

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975. Provides that except in the case of a medical emergency, a physician or person may not knowingly perform, induce, or attempt to perform an abortion upon a pregnant woman when the probable gestational age of her unborn child has been determined to be viable. Provides that the woman, the father of the unborn child if married to the mother at the time she receives an abortion in violation of the Act, or, if the mother has not attained the age of 18 years at the time of the abortion, or both, the maternal grandparents of the unborn child, may in a civil action obtain appropriate relief, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff’s criminal conduct or, if brought by the maternal grandparents, the maternal grandparents consented to the abortion. Provides that a medical facility licensed under the Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center Act or the Hospital Licensing Act in which an abortion is performed or induced in violation of the Act shall be subject to immediate revocation of its license by the Department of Public Health. Provides that a medical facility licensed under the Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center Act or the Hospital Licensing Act in which an abortion is performed or induced in violation of the Act shall lose all State funding for 2 years and shall reimburse the State for moneys or grants received from the State by the medical facility for the fiscal year in which the abortion in violation of the Act was performed.

 

House Bill 2462 – State Rep. Chris Miller – PRO-LIFE BILL  – NEW – It has been referred to Rules Committee.

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975. Defines “viability” to include when, in the medical judgment of the attending physician based on the particular facts of the case before the attending physician, the unborn child has a fetal heartbeat. Defines “fetal heartbeat” as the cardiac activity or the steady and repetitive rhythmic contraction of the fetal heart within the gestational sac. Effective immediately.

 

House Bill 2746 – State Rep. Thomas Morrison —  PRO-LIFE BILL – NEW – It has been referred to Rules Committee.

Synopsis As Introduced

Creates the Ultrasound Opportunity Act.  This is identical to HB 2294 See synopsis on HB 2294.

 

House Bill 2756 – State Rep. Thomas Morrison – PRO-LIFE BILL NEW – It has been referred to Rules Committee.

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Illinois Anatomical Gift Act. Provides that the term “decedent” includes a deceased individual organism of the species homo sapiens from fertilization until live birth. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of the Act, if the decedent is a fetus upon whom an abortion has been performed, then no part of the decedent’s body may be used for any purpose specified in the Act. Effective immediately.

 

House Bill 2876 – State Rep. Martin Moylan – ABORTION CLINICS – NEW – It has been referred to Rules Committee.

Note:  This bill is similar to HB 3735 in 2017 which would have created a crime of intimidation at “woman’s health clinics.” Intimidation under the law includes “speech.”  I had our pro-life groups go against it because of this.  However, with the help of Rep. Mayfield and Rep. Breen, I was able to have the sponsor accept an amendment that would take out the “speech” part of intimidation.   While the sponsor (Conroy) filed the amendment, she ended up not moving her bill (probably because “speech” was the reason for the bill in the first place).   This new bill HB 2876 now contains our requested language.  Peter Breen believed in 2017 that this would help our crisis pregnancy centers which are also “woman’s health clinics” and have had damage to their properties too.

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that it is an aggravating factor in sentencing that the defendant committed a crime of violence or criminal damage to property in a woman’s health clinic or on the real property comprising the clinic or who intimidates persons attending the clinic or physicians or nurses at the clinic performing services at the clinic. Provides for the aggravating factor to be applicable, the offense of intimidation against persons attending a woman’s health clinic or physicians or nurses at the clinic who perform services at the clinic is limited to intimidation committed by: (1) inflicting physical harm on the person threatened or any other person or on property; (2) subjecting any person to physical confinement or restraint; or (3) committing a felony or Class A misdemeanor. Defines “woman’s health clinic”, “health care services”, and “crime of violence”.

 

House Bill 3067  — State Rep. Terri Bryant — PRO-LIFE BILL – NEW – It has been referred to Rules Committee.

Synopsis As Introduced

Creates the Ultrasound Opportunity Act.   This is identical to HB 2294. See synopsis of HB 2294.

 

House Bill 3158 – State Rep. Jerry Costello II  — PRO-LIFE BILL  NEW – It has been referred to Rules Committee.

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975. Provides that except in the case of a medical emergency, no physician or person shall knowingly perform, induce, or attempt to perform an abortion upon a pregnant woman when the probable gestational age of her unborn child has been determined to be at least 20 weeks. Provides that a woman upon whom an abortion in violation of the Act is performed or induced may not be prosecuted under the Act for a conspiracy to violate the 20 week requirement. Provides that the woman, the father of the unborn child if married to the mother at the time she receives an abortion in violation of the Act, or, if the mother has not attained the age of 18 years at the time of the abortion, or both, the maternal grandparents of the unborn child, may in a civil action obtain appropriate relief, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff’s criminal conduct or, if brought by the maternal grandparents, the maternal grandparents consented to the abortion. Provides that a medical facility licensed under the Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center Act or the Hospital Licensing Act in which an abortion is performed or induced in violation of the Act shall be subject to immediate revocation of its license by the Department of Public Health. Provides that a medical facility licensed under the Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center Act or the Hospital Licensing Act in which an abortion is performed or induced in violation of the Act shall lose all State funding for 2 years and shall reimburse the State for moneys or grants received from the State by the medical facility for the fiscal year in which the abortion in violation of the Act was performed.

SB 1777 – State Senator Dan McConchie – PRO-LIFE BILL – NEW – It has been referred to Assignments.

Synopsis As Introduced

Creates the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Provides that neither the State nor any of its subdivisions may authorize the use of, appropriate, or expend funds to pay for an abortion or to cover any part of the costs of a health plan that includes coverage of abortion or to provide or refer for an abortion, unless a woman who suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death if an abortion is not performed. Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 and the Illinois Public Aid Code. Excludes from the programs of health benefits and services authorized under those Acts coverage for elective abortions as provided in the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Amends the Problem Pregnancy Health Services and Care Act. Permits the Department of Human Services to make grants to nonprofit agencies and organizations that do not use those grants to refer or counsel for, or perform, abortions. Contains provisions regarding applicability and preempts home rule. Effective June 1, 2019.

 

SB 1779 – State Senator Jil Tracy –  PRO-LIFE BILL- NEW – It has been referred to Assignments.

Same as SB 1777 just above.