With this year’s changes in the Illinois abortion legislation, the question remains as to who actually benefits. Although the law is touted as a way to promote access to “women’s health,” it has lessened the restrictions on abortion clinics and providers. It has also removed the rights of babies both inside and outside of the womb and impacted the role of parents of pregnant minors. In spite of being promoted as a “pro-woman” bill, it truly has placed women and many others further at risk.
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How the Abortion Law Changes Put Women at Risk
The Reproductive Health Act loosens the standards on both abortion clinics and abortion providers. The risk is that women will not receive quality care at an abortion clinic, and the abortion may not even be performed by a medical doctor. The lack of regulation opens up abortion clinics to put women at risk by not maintaining appropriate standards and creating further potential for physical harm.
How the Abortion Law Changes Put Infants at Risk
The changes in legislation have taken away the rights of infants en utero. If a woman is undergoing an abortion procedure and the baby is born alive, there is no longer any obligation for the infant to undergo medical treatment to sustain life. Also, abortions are allowed throughout the entire pregnancy, up until birth. The human right to life for an infant in the womb no longer exists in any capacity.
How the Abortion Law Changes Puts Families at Risk
The Reproductive Health Act has opened the door for the repeal of the Parental Notification law, which requires a parent or guardian to be informed of a minor’s abortion 48 hours in advance. This does not require consent, but is simply a notification that their minor is undergoing an abortion procedure. The new legislation has opened wide the doors to abortion, allowing even minors to have a procedure with very limited restriction.
How the Abortion Law Puts Us All at Risk
A common phrase that has surrounded the passing of the Reproductive Health Act is that Illinois will become an “oasis” for women seeking abortion. In the general sense of the term, this may prove to be the case, as more and more women come to our state to seek services. However, “oasis” does not fully describe the potential risks and dangers they may face once they arrive. Searching for a solution to an unexpected pregnancy may leave many women with lasting scars—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Caring Network comes alongside women who are facing unexpected pregnancy by providing free services, including options information, ultrasounds, and resources for on-going support. For those who have chosen abortion in the past and are struggling with emotional effects, our Restore After Abortion brings healing. Find out more information, including ways to partner with us, by checking out our Get Involved page.