Pro-life pregnancy centers and medical personnel in Illinois who oppose abortion will not be forced to promote the termination of preborn babies, but one pro-life activist contends that this is only a partial victory.
Illinois lawmakers passed a bill to go into effect on New Year’s Day that would require the centers and medical staff to essentially promote a view contrary to their own – if they are pro-life.
Illinois Right to Life Executive Director Emily Troscinski told OneNewsNow that Winnebago County Judge Eugene Doherty has provided pro-life advocates a Christmas gift.
“The circuit court has issued an opinion that says that the state cannot force the plaintiffs in the case – the pregnancy resource centers – to comply with Senate Bill 1564, which forces all pregnancy centers, doctors [and] medical professionals to refer for abortions and to talk about the benefits of abortion,” Troscinski explained.
Judge Doherty, who temporarily blocked the law, is asking the state to answer some specific questions about the proposed law.
“He's asked why the state believes that those people who object to abortion have to be forced to inform people on where they can get abortions – when the state itself licenses and maintains information about every abortion clinic in the state,” Troscinski pointed out.
With this information already being provided by the state, Doherty also wants the government to respond to the question of whether the law violates the state Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
On the downside, however, the court's order only protects the plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit. All other pro-life pregnancy centers -- including their medical staffs – will have to comply with the law, which goes into effect on the first of the year.