(LifeSiteNews) — Both chambers of the Illinois legislature passed a bill that includes a drastic expansion of abortion access in the state.
The legislation comes after Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker called for enshrining a constitutional “right” to abortion in his second inaugural address earlier this week.
House Bill 4664 allows an “advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant to perform [sic] abortion procedures that do not require general anesthesia” and enables state government leaders to “issue temporary permits for health care” to medical professionals to come from other states to commit abortions.
It also designates Illinois as a “sanctuary state,” welcoming out-of-state abortionists who lost their licenses after committing illegal abortions. If an abortion is legally committed, medical professionals and organizations cannot be challenged in wrongful death lawsuits after botched abortions.
UPDATE (03/07/23): Walgreens won't dispense abortion pills in 20 states
The pressure is paying off. Walgreens' plan to dispense abortion pills nationwide is now in tatters, with the pharmaceutical giant announcing that it won't mail the pills to, or sell them within, 20 states.
The news comes after 20 Republican attorneys general warned CVS and Walgreens that doing so would be in violation of federal law and that they were opening themselves to penalties.
But we can't rest on our laurels with this boycott: Walgreens and CVS will only listen to us when their profits are threatened — we need a HUGE boycott so that blood money they get from selling abortion pills is dwarfed by the profits they lose when pro-life America shops elsewhere.
Even Politico admitted in its reporting that "pressure" from pro-life voters like you helped change Walgreens' plans, so now we're asking you to take the next step: simply share this petition with your friends and ask them to join the boycott.
Walgreens and CVS will begin selling mifepristone — a powerful chemical that kills unborn children in the womb — if pro-life America does not ACT NOW.
Pro-life Americans MUST STOP the widespread sale and distribution of mifepristone by sending a message that only big-box stores will understand: A NATIONAL BOYCOTT OF WALGREENS AND CVS.
Walgreens and CVS are the newest back-door channels for the pro-abortion movement, now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade.
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In addition to assisting mothers in labor, birthing centers have been granted legal authority to commit abortions. Insurance that does not receive exemption from the law “requires abortion care [sic] coverage to include medications prescribed for the purpose of producing an abortion with or without proof of pregnancy.” Abortifacients and HIV drugs also fall under insurance coverage mandates.
Additionally, the bill extends the time frame during which medical professionals can report abortions to “a quarterly basis” instead of no “later than 20 days following the end of the month in which the abortion is performed [sic].” Pharmacists are permitted to distribute “hormonal contraceptives without prior establishment of a relationship between the pharmacist and the person receiving hormonal contraception.”
The bill also expands medical consultations to include “a temporary permit for health care to treat a patient located in the state through telehealth services.”
“It is shameful that the Illinois legislature continues to skirt the democratic process by passing sweeping abortion legislation in this way,” Mary Kate Zander, executive director of Illinois Right to Life, said in a press release. “This process was totally lacking in transparency and provided no time or opportunity for feedback from the public. From my perspective, it’s a tell: They know that their constituents don’t support this garbage legislation.”
The new Illinois bill is the latest statewide expansion in abortion access since the overturning of Roe v. Wade. After the U.S. midterm elections, several states across the country enacted legislation to further the push to kill unborn babies. Both California and Vermont voted to enshrine a “right” to abortion in their state constitutions.
In Montana, voters rejected a ballot measure to ensure basic medical care for newborns who survive botched abortions.
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