Springfield, IL - Our newest Southern Illinois State Representatives have been busy in Springfield, already introducing two new Pro-Life bills.
House Bill 340:
Introduced by Rep. Patrick Windorst of the 118th District.
This bill repeals what HB 40 made into law. HB 40 forces all Illinois taxpayers to pay for abortions for those on Medicaid and state employee health insurance, through the full nine months of pregnancy.
Synopsis As Introduced House Bill 340 “amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971, the Illinois Public Aid Code, the Problem Pregnancy Health Services and Care Act, and the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975. Restores the provisions that were amended by Public Act 100-538 to the form in which they existed before their amendment by Public Act 100-538.”
House Bill 342:
Introduced by 109th District's very own Rep. Darren Bailey
This bill places regulations on administering immunizations that use aborted fetal tissue.
Synopsis As Introduced House Bill 342 “amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Public Health to create and maintain a list of each immunizing agent derived from aborted fetal tissue and any alternative immunizing agents. Provides that the Department shall ensure that, before administering an immunizing agent derived from aborted fetal tissue to an individual, a health care provider shall provide to the individual or, if the individual is a child, to the parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis of the child: (1) notification that the immunizing agent was derived from aborted fetal tissue; (2) if an immunizing agent that is not an immunizing agent derived from aborted fetal tissue is available as an alternative to an immunizing agent derived from aborted fetal tissue, an offer of the alternative; and (3) notification of the option to decline the receipt of the immunizing agent. Effective immediately.”
Our current political climate and Democratic super-majority in Springfield is certain to make passing any Pro-Life legislation an uphill battle. Even if legislation isn’t passed, the introduction of these bills, will start important conversations in Springfield and serve to educate political leaders, media, and voters on these Pro-Life issues.
To read more about these bills look up the bill number on the Illinois General Assembly website.