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Abortion bills unnecessary, detrimental

I have read the summary to the abortion bills being considered in the Illinois Legislature.

The Reproductive Health Act, HB 2495 & 1942, requires that all private insurance companies operating in Illinois would have to cover abortions if they provide for other pregnancy-related benefits. This would compromise moral or religious objections of those insurance holders who would have their premiums paying for abortions. Remember how the Little Sisters of the Poor have had to fight all the way to the Supreme Court to have their religious liberties protected.

The second bill, HB 2467 & SB 1942, would repeal the Parental Notification of Abortion Act. Currently, this law requires a parent or legal guardian to be notified when a minor seeks an abortion. It includes a waiver for children physically or sexually abused. This law was passed in 1995, but it took 13 years of litigation to be upheld by a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court ruling. Those of us who are concerned that parental rights are being diminished to the detriment of our children were relieved when this law finally was implemented. Imagine a girl returning home after having an abortion that her parents were totally unaware of. When she most needed physical care, her parents were not there to provide it.

The real danger of the Reproductive Health Act is how it seeks to enshrine a woman’s abortion rights as being so fundamental that it may supercede even the first sentence of the First Amendment of the Constitution which states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

There are many other provisions in these two abortion bills that not only make them unnecessary, but detrimental to the people of Illinois. Tell your state senator and representative to vote “no” on both bills.

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