Late last May Illinois quietly passed a bill mirroring NY’s now infamous Reproductive Health Act which made national headlines and sparked a flurry of pro-life State legislation limiting, and in the case of Alabama, outlawing abortion altogether.
However, while New York’s bill made abortion a human right, the Illinois bill took it a step further repealing longstanding protections for medical providers who refuse to participate in abortion. Now it is illegal for medical providers in Illinois to not refer or participate in abortion even if it goes against their deeply held convictions.
What makes legislators think that their narrow beliefs about who qualifies as a person should trump the beliefs of health care providers? Don’t we want health care providers who have a deep and broad commitment to respecting and protecting all humans?
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