One attorney for a conservative law firm believes that Illinois’ Reproductive Health Act is actually a worse bill than what legislators initially approved.
Peter Breen – an attorney for the Illinois-based Thomas More Society legal firm – contends that preborn children are in much more danger than many thought under the problematic piece of legislation.
"The Reproductive Health Act in Illinois would legalize – essentially without restriction – third-trimester abortions up to the moment of birth," Breen pointed out, according to his firm. "It also wipes away the health and safety licensing requirements that currently are in effect in Illinois, and it makes a broad-based insurance mandate to require private insurance plans to cover elective abortions."
Breen also noted that the bill – which passed the Illinois House and now awaits a Senate vote – would repeal nearly every abortion-specific conscience protection that was in effect up to this time.
"It was made clear during the floor debate in the Illinois House that they are looking to have women from other states – where these abortions are currently illegal or otherwise restricted – they want them coming to Illinois to abort their children," the pro-life attorney added. “Already, Illinois is seeing in recent years an uptick of women from neighboring states who are avoiding waiting periods – or other parental consent requirements. or the like – coming to Illinois to abort their babies. If it becomes law, it would turn Illinois into an abortion capital for America."
In February, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) signed his state's version of the Reproductive Health Act. The piece of legislation allows for abortions until birth – while also making it possible for “qualified” and “authorized” physician assistants, nurse practitioners and licensed midwives to provide abortion care.