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Recent pro-life legislation approved in southern states is making an impact in Illinois — in an unexpected way.

Supporters of extreme abortion legislation introduced in Illinois in February have been energized in reaction to the measures passed in other states. They are making a push to pass the misnamed “Reproductive Health Act” (House Bill 2495 & Senate Bill 1942) and a bill that would repeal current law calling for parents to be notified when a minor seeks an abortion (House Bill 2467 & Senate Bill 1594) before the legislative session ends on May 31.

We can’t let our guard down!

Reach out by email or phone call to your state representative and state senator by clicking here, and tell them to vote “no” on these bills.

As a reminder, HB 2495/SB 1942 go further than Roe v. Wade in eliminating rights for the unborn child, and jeopardize conscience protections for doctors, nurses and hospitals who refuse to participate in an abortion. Meanwhile, HB 2467/SB 1594 repeal current law calling for a legal guardian to be notified when a minor seeks an abortion. The law allows for exceptions — including children physically or sexually abused — as well as a waiver if notification is not in the best interest of the child. Every state that surrounds Illinois requires at least parental notification when a minor seeks an abortion.

Counting TODAY, there are 11 scheduled days left in the legislative session. Lawmakers have yet to craft a budget for the new fiscal year that starts July 1, decide on legalizing marijuana and sports betting, or outline a statewide construction program after years of neglect. This is NOT the time to consider an overhaul of the state’s abortion laws.

Please contact your state lawmakers NOW.

Thank you for your support.

The Catholic Conference of IL


ABORTION ILLINOIS LEGISLATION UPDATE – MAY 21, 2019

We’ve just received news that lobbyists from Illinois Right to Life and the Catholic Council of Bishops in Springfield have reason to believe the extreme abortion bills, introduced earlier this year in the Illinois House and Senate, will make a comeback this week.

In light of the pro-life legislation that was passed and signed in Alabama and Georgia, the abortion lobby is working harder than ever to solidify its hold on Illinois.

We need you to get back on the phone and call your state representatives in the House immediately, telling them to vote NO on these dangerous bills.

Before you do, here are two very important things you should know:

  1. If these bills are revived, our lobbyists believe this is how they’ll do it: they will find another bill, remove language from it, and replace it with the abortion bill language. For example, this other bill could be a Senate bill in the House, that’s already passed the Senate, and could be heading for a vote. If this is the route they choose to take, we could have as little time as 24 hours to make an impact. We must act fast.
  2. Since these bills will most likely be included in other bills, it’s important that we call them by name when telling our representatives to vote against them.  We want our representatives to vote NO on the: Parental Notice of Abortion Repeal and the Late-Term Abortion No Restrictions Bill.

To learn more about these dangerous bills, go to www.StopHB2495.com.

Find your state representative here.


March 23, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

With this letter I write to you about a development that should disturb us greatly, both as citizens and as disciples of Jesus, the Lord of life.

Recently, two bills have been introduced in the Illinois House and Senate. The first, House Bill 2495 and Senate Bill 1942, both identical pieces of legislation, seeks to strip unborn persons of any protection – or even consideration – under the law and declare abortion to be a “fundamental right” and matter of health care. The end result is that an abortion could be obtained at any stage of pregnancy, including late term, for any reason and without any regulation. The law would no longer guarantee any modicum of humanity or compassion for any unborn person in Illinois, even if they are partially born. This legislation also repeals the Abortion Performance Refusal Act, which protects doctors, nurses and hospitals who refuse to permit, recommend, perform or assist in abortion. In so doing, rights of conscience, especially religious objections, will be lost.

The second piece of legislation House Bill 2467 and its identical Senate Bill 1594, repeals the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act. This law, upheld unanimously by the Illinois Supreme Court just six years ago, has the common-sense purpose of ensuring that parents would be part of the life-altering decision of their minor child in the case she seeks an abortion. This effective law has reduced abortions performed on minors by fifty-seven percent.

As citizens of a state and people of faith who care about the common good, I urge you to join me and my brother bishops in an effort to defeat this radical departure from current law and practice in our state. Please reach out your State Representative and Senator to urge defeat of these bills. You can find the name of your appropriate politicians and their contact information at https://www.ilcatholic.org/take-action/action-center/. To find out more about these bills, please consult the Catholic Conference of Illinois website, www.ilcatholic.org, or call the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity at 312-534-5355 for further information.

Entrusting our efforts for all life, from the moment of conception until natural death, to the care of our Blessed Mother, I am,

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
Archbishop of Chicago

23 de Marzo del 2019

Estimadas hermanas y hermanos en Cristo,

Con esta carta les escribo acerca de una novedad que nos debe perturbar grandemente, como ciudadanos tanto como discípulos de Jesús, el Señor de la Vida.

Recientemente, dos proyectos de ley han sido introducidos en la Cámara de Representantes y el Senado de Illinois. El primero, el Proyecto de ley de la Cámara 2495 y el Proyecto de ley del Senado 1942, ambas piezas de legislación idénticas, busca despojar a personas que no han nacido de cualquier protección –o incluso consideración– bajo la ley y declarar al aborto un “derecho fundamental” y un asunto del cuidado de la salud. El resultado final es que un aborto podría ser obtenido en cualquier etapa del embarazo, incluyendo la última etapa, por cualquier razón y sin ninguna regulación. La ley ya no garantizaría un mínimo de humanidad o compasión hacia cualquier persona por nacer en Illinois, incluso si han nacido parcialmente. Esta legislación también revoca la ley Abortion Performance Refusal Act (Ley de Rechazo de Realización de Aborto), que protege a doctores, enfermeras y hospitales que se niegan a permitir, recomendar, realizar o asistir en un aborto. Al hacerlo, los derechos de conciencia, especialmente las objeciones religiosas, se perderán.

La segunda pieza de legislación, Proyecto de Ley de la Cámara 2467 y su idéntico Proyecto de ley del Senado 1594, revocaría la ley Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act (Ley de Notificación de Aborto a Padres de Illinois). Esta ley, confirmada por unanimidad por la Corte Suprema de Illinois hace apenas seis años, tienen el propósito del sentido común de garantizar que los padres serían parte de la decisión que altera la vida de su hija menor de edad en caso de que ella busque un aborto. Esta ley efectiva ha reducido los abortos realizados en menores en un cincuenta y siete por ciento.

Como ciudadanos de un estado y personas de fe que se preocupan por el bien común, los insto a que se unan a mí y a mis hermanos obispos en un esfuerzo por derrotar esta salida radical de la ley y práctica actual en nuestro estado. Por favor comuníquense con su senador y representante estatal para instar a derrotar estos proyectos de ley. Puede encontrar los nombres de sus políticos correspondientes y su información de contacto en https://www.ilcatholic.org/take-action/action-center/. Para saber más sobre estos proyectos de ley, por favor consulte el sitio web de la Conferencia Católica de Illinois, www.ilcatholic.org, o llame a la Oficina de Dignidad Humana y Solidaridad al 312-534-5355 para más información.

Confiando nuestros esfuerzos por toda la vida, desde el momento de la concepción hasta la muerte natural, al cuidado de nuestra Santísima Madre, soy

Sinceramente suyo en Cristo,
Cardenal Blase J. Cupich
Arzobispo de Chicago


SUGGESTIONS OF ACTIONS TO TAKE!

There are two urgent steps for you to take:

ACTION ITEM #1 –  File NEW Witness Slips

The House versions of the abortion bills are on the schedule for the Human Services Committee hearing Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m.

It is necessary to flood the committee with new Witness Slips before that hearing. So even if you filled out witness slips on these bills before the previous hearing, you need to fill out new ones before Wednesday morning.

Just follow these 4 steps:

  1. Go to the Witness Slip page for each bill: HB 2495 and HB 2467.
  2. Fill in the Identification section. Unless you are representing an organization, write “None” in the “Firm/Business or Agency,” “Title,” and “Representation” fields
  3. Mark yourself as an “Opponent” of the bill under the Position section. Under the Testimony section, click “Record of Appearance Only”. NOTE: You do not need to attend any hearing in Springfield in order to file a witness slip expressing your view.
  4. Click “Create(Slip)” and your witness slip will be filed with the committee, and you will receive confirmation at the email address you provided.

ACTION ITEM #2 – Call your State Senator

The Senate version of the Repeal of Parental Notice of Abortion Act, SB 1594, passed out of committee last week and could come up for a vote any day.

Find your state senator’s phone number at the link below and give them a call to respectfully ask that they vote NO on SB 1594.

CLICK HERE to find your state senator’s number.

Please remember to have a respectful tone when you make that call.

Please fill out those new witness slips opposing the House bills and make that call to your State Senator right away. And please share this information with all your pro-life friends!


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