2 Illinois abortion bills are wildly extreme

It takes guts, I'll say that for sponsors of two bills in the Illinois Legislature that go so far beyond what the public wants that they're beyond extreme.

As this fine op-ed in today's Chicago Tribune notes:

According to a Gallup poll released in June 2018, only 28 percent of people support abortion in the second trimester. Support for abortion drops to a meager 13 percent when it’s performed during the third trimester. Yet House Bill 2495 would allow abortion for no reason up to the moment of birth.

The other jarring bill--House Bill 2467-- also defies public opinion: It denies the right of parents to know about a child's abortion. Present Illinois law regarding parental involvement already is lenient. It only requires parental notification, not parental permission as some other states do. Parents would be entirely cut out of not just decision-making but would be, under the law, ignorant of a daughter's boyfriend who forces her to have an abortion.

Imagine the public outcry if pro-life legislators would introduce a bill that would outlaw all abortions, even to save the life of the mother. The rhetoric from the pro-choice crowd would dominate headlines and newscasts for weeks.

For more details of the bills, clearly stated, I highly recommend reading this op-ed, titled by "2 abortion bills proposed in Illinois go too far," by Brittany Clingen Carl, who is a board member of Illinois Right to Life.

Related: "Illinois already has permissive abortion laws. Let them stand." a Chicago Tribune editorial that expresses a middle of the road view reflecting public opinion and which is a good response to columnist Eric Zorn's "Abortion rights are under fire, but Illinois is fighting back". In that,  he explains why he's thrilled about a law that, in effect, would allow a fully formed infant to be executed a while it's in the birth canal. 

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