Halbrook among legislators calling for repeal of abortion legislation

Brad Halbrook

State Representatives Allen Skillicorn (R-Crystal Lake), Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville), Amy Grant (R-Wheaton), and Chris Miller (R-Oakland) are calling for the repeal of the recently approved Reproductive Health Act and for new definitions for the viability of unborn children.

The lawmakers have filed legislation (HB3850) which creates the Illinois Abortion Law of 2019 containing the provisions of the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 before its repeal, as well as provisions defining “viability” to include when, in the medical judgment of the attending physician based on the particular facts of the case before the attending physician, the unborn child has a fetal heartbeat, and defining “fetal heartbeat” as the cardiac activity or the steady and repetitive rhythmic contraction of the fetal heart within the gestational sac.

“Many in our Districts and in Illinois were shocked when they discovered that the ‘Reproductive Health Act’ wasn’t just preserving abortion law in Illinois as it currently stood, which proponents repeatedly claimed, but advanced the most radical abortion law in our State’s history and the Nation,” Skillicorn said. “It is now conceivable that a 14-year old girl lacking parental consent and advanced in her pregnancy could receive an abortion from a ‘health worker’ in a facility lacking minimum medical standards, as practitioner and facility licensing have been revoked. And if she would die due to negligence, no record of the death due to a botched abortion would be reported. This is truly appalling legislation.”

Not only does the current abortion law approved this Spring reduce medical standards for abortion providers, it also provides a pathway for late-term abortions.

“Infants in the third trimester can feel pain and most can survive if born early,” Halbrook said. “Abortion in the third trimester is infanticide. What the Democrat majority approved this spring goes beyond even what passed in New York. It is imperative we repeal this horrific legislation.”

House Bill 3850 creates the Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act of 2019 and the Abortion Performance Refusal Act of 2019 containing the provisions of the Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act and the Abortion Performance Refusal Act before their repeal, along with amending various Acts by restoring the language that existed before the amendment of those Acts.

“There is no question that an unborn child is a human being and we also know that these babies are capable of feeling pain and the more developed the baby is the more this is especially true,” Miller said.

“A man in Minnesota was recently arrested for throwing a five-year-old kid off a third story balcony at the Mall of America. It is horrifying to think of an adult throwing a small child off a third story balcony. Violence against children is unspeakably cruel and yes, that includes abortion.”

House Bill 3850 has been filed and awaits assignment to a legislative committee.

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