Anti-Life Legislation on our “Watch List”
Date filed: February 14, 2017
Sponsor(s): Senator Heather Steans (D) 7th district
Summary: At this time, SB 1407 is a “shell bill.” Language for the bill still needs to be written, but it is suspected to be the same as the FOCA bill that was defeated in 2009. This bill creates a “right to abortion” in Illinois. It negates all U.S. Supreme Court exemptions to its 1972 Roe vs. Wade decision, such as Partial-Birth Abortion Bans, Parental Notification, and other important regulations on abortion clinics. It also forces all Illinois taxpayers to pay for abortions of those under Medicaid, shields abortionists from civil and criminal penalties for botched abortions, and forces healthcare professionals to assist women in obtaining abortions.
Status of the bill: SB 1407 was referred to the Senate Committee on Assignments. The bill is dead, but will continue to be monitored.
Title: House Bill 3735 [HB 3735]
Date filed: February 10, 2017
Sponsor(s): Rep. Deb Conroy (D) 46th district, Silvana Tabares (D) 21st district, Gregory Harris (D) 13th district, John C. D’Amico (D) 15th district, Michelle Mussman (D) 56th district, Jaime M. Andrade (D) 40th district, Jr., Carol Sente (D) 59th district, Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D) 34th district
Summary: HB 3735 amends the Unified Code of Corrections. It makes “intimidation” of patients attending a clinic, or physicians or nurses performing services at the clinic, a crime. Intimidation is vaguely defined to include speech exposing any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule, which can be used to target side walk counselors and clinic protestors.
Status of the bill: HB 3735 did not come up for a vote by the deadline required in the House. It was re-referred to the House Rules Committee. The bill is dead, but will continue to be monitored.
Anti-Life Legislation Signed into Law
Title: House Bill 40 [HB 40]
Date filed: December 20, 2016
House: Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D) 12th district, Emanuel Chris Welch (D) 7th district, Carol Ammons (D) 103rd district, Luis Arroyo (D) 3rd district, Barbara Flynn Currie (D) 25th district, Juliana Stratton (D) 5th district, Silvana Tabares (D) 21st district, Thaddeus Jones (D) 29th district, Carol Sente (D ) 59th district, Ann M. Williams (D) 11th district, Elizabeth Hernandez (D) 24th district, Gregory Harris (D) 13th district, Lou Lang (D) 16th district, Laura Fine (D) 17th district, Robyn Gabel (D) 18th district, Theresa Mah (D) 2nd district, Camille Y. Lilly (D) 78th district, Scott Drury (D) 58th district, Kelly M. Cassidy (D) 14th district, John C. D’Amico (D) 15th district, Will Guzzardi (D) 39th district, Robert Martwick (D) 19th district, Cynthia Soto (D) 4th district, Jaime M. Andrade (D) 40th district, Jr., Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D) 39th district, Jehan Gordon-Booth (D) 92nd district, Justin Slaughter (D) 27th district
Senate: Sen. Heather A. Steans (D) 7th district, Don Harmon (D) 39th district, Daniel Biss (D) 9th district, Cristina Castro (D) 22nd District, Omar Aquino (D) 2nd district, Laura M. Murphy (D) 28th district, Iris Y. Martinez (D) 20th district, David Koehler (D) 46th district, Emil Jones III (D) 14th district, Mattie Hunter (D) 3rd district, Patricia Van Pelt (D) 5th district, Kimberly A. Lightford (D) 4th district
Summary: This bill will repeal the ban on taxpayer funding of abortions under Medicaid and the ban on state employee’s group insurance policies covering abortions. HB 40 will cover abortions for any reason throughout the full nine months of pregnancy and all with State tax dollars. This bill will also remove language in the Preamble of the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975, stating that Illinois recognizes the unborn child as a person, and will remove what is called the “Trigger” statement that if, in effect, the U.S. Supreme Court reverse Roe v. Wade, then “the former policy of this State to prohibit abortions unless necessary for the preservation of the mother’s life shall be reinstated.”
Status of the bill: Governor Rauner has signed HB 40 into law. The law went into effect on January 1, 2018. HB 40 passed the Illinois House 62-55. It passed the Illinois Senate 33-22.
Title: SB 1564
Date filed: February 20, 2018 (*This bill was introduced in the 99th General Assembly)
Sen. Daniel Biss – Julie A. Morrison – Toi W. Hutchinson – Linda Holmes – Kimberly A. Lightford, Michael Noland, Heather A. Steans, William Delgado, Iris Y. Martinez, Jacqueline Y. Collins, Emil Jones, III, Donne E. Trotter, Mattie Hunter and Kwame Raoul
(Rep. Robyn Gabel – Barbara Flynn Currie – Pamela Reaves-Harris – Will Guzzardi, Ann M. Williams, Deb Conroy, Jaime M. Andrade, Jr., Kelly M. Cassidy, Marcus C. Evans, Jr., Martin J. Moylan, Mike Smiddy, Litesa E. Wallace, Gregory Harris, Emanuel Chris Welch, Silvana Tabares, Elizabeth Hernandez, Carol Sente, Scott Drury, Christian L. Mitchell, Anna Moeller and Sara Feigenholtz)
Summary: Senate Bill 1564, amends the Healthcare Right of Conscience Act. It undermines the conscience protections of pro-life healthcare providers and threatens the core mission of pregnancy resource centers. This legislation forces every doctor, pharmacist, and pregnancy resource center to refer for abortions, tell patients the “benefits” of abortion, and present abortion as a “legal treatment option.”
Status of the bill: Senate Bill 1564 was signed into law by Governor Rauner on July 29, 2016. The law took effect on January 1st, 2017. Since then, several lawsuits have been filed an a preliminary injunction from the law has been granted. The litigation continues.
Title: House Resolution 78 [HR 78]
Date filed: January 30, 2017
Sponsor(s): Rep. Laura Fine (D) 17th district, Ann M. Williams (D) 11th district, Gregory Harris (D) 13th district, Sara Feigenholtz (D) 12th district, Anna Moeller (D) 43rd district, Jaime M. Andrade, Jr. (D) 40th district, Will Guzzardi (D) 39th district, Deb Conroy (D) 46th district, Michelle Mussman (D) 56th district, Robyn Gabel (D) 18th district, Kathleen Willis (D) 77th district, Natalie A. Manley (D) 98th district, Martin J. Moylan (D) 55th district, Camille Y. Lilly (D) 78th district
Summary: This resolution calls for continued funding of Planned Parenthood by the United States Congress.
Status of the resolution: While a number of pro-life legislators spoke strongly against the resolution on the floor of the House, the resolution was adopted 53-39 vote. Sixty votes is normally required to pass a bill, but since this was only a resolution, it only took more yes votes than no votes to be adopted.
Title: Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 4 [SJRCA 4] – Equal Rights Amendment to the federal Constitution
Date filed: February 7, 2017
Sponsor(s): Senator Heather Steans (D) 7th district, Iris Y. Martinez (D) 20th district, Scott M. Bennett (D) 52nd district, Kimberly A. Lightford (D) 4th district, Daniel Biss (D) 9th district, Laura M. Murphy (D) 28th district, Cristina Castro (D) 22nd district
Summary: This amendment would solidify a “right to abortion” in this country.
Status of the resolution: SJRCA 4 was adopted by both the House and the Senate on May 30, 2018.