Illinois’ six Catholic bishops today issued a statement against recently-introduced abortion legislation. This package of legislation would repeal the state's Parental Notice of Abortion Act, which requires a parent or guardian be notified when a minor seeks an abortion. The legislation would also repeal the state's current ban on partial-birth abortions, define abortion as a fundamental right, eliminate legal protections for hospitals and health care personnel who refuse to participate in an abortion, and dramatically change the current landscape of abortion law in Illinois.
Host and Executive Director Bob Gilligan welcomes Peter Steinfels on the essay he wrote for Commonweal about the recent Pennsylvania grand jury report on sex abuse in the Church; attorney Clarke Forsythe on abortion legislation; state Sen. Check Weaver, R-Peoria, on his bill allowing Illinois prison inmates access to online job sites; and Aid for Women board member Kris Cortes on the organization's new location in Flossmoor.
Abortion legislation has cropped up in the Illinois Legislature, as four bills were filed this week. House Bill 2467 and Senate Bill 1594 are identical pieces of legislation that would repeal the current parental notification of abortion law. Meanwhile, House Bill 2495 and Senate Bill 1942 -- also identical to one another -- are both dubbed the Reproductive Health Act and make several changes to current abortion law, including defining abortion as a fundamental right.