Lake County Right to Life Legislative Action Alert

From Lake County Right to Life…

The Illinois House comes back on Monday, March 26 and will be in through Friday [after which they are off for two weeks]. We need your help now on the two pro-life bills on the House floor:

HB 4085 (Joe Lyons) Ultrasound Opportunity Act — simply requires that a woman having an ultrasound before getting an abortion be offered the opportunity to view the ultrasound imaging of her unborn baby. It is her decision [choice] whether to see it or not. This bill does not say what kind of ultrasound to be used [except that the quality must meet certain industry standards]. 99% of abortions from 7 weeks on [which is when this law’s requirement kicks-in] are preceded by ultrasounds. Ultrasounds are the best way to determine gestational age [and from this the method of abortion], if an ectopic pregnancy, or multiple unborn lives. Since this is done routinely, there is no added cost to the woman.

The pro-aborts have decided to concentrate on this bill to try and defeat it. Pro-Life legislators are telling us at the State Capitol that the pro-aborts are sending in faxes and emails urging them to vote NO on HB 4085. These legislators are asking Pro-Life to get in calls and emails to them to support the pro-life legislators’ positions to vote YES on this. Sometimes, we think that since our legislator is pro-life we don’t have to contact him/her or we don’t want to bother them or their secretaries. They are telling us”Please Bother Us!”

PLEASE SEND OUT AN ALERT TO YOUR PHONE TREES, EMAIL LISTS AND LET THEM KNOW TO CONTACT THEIR STATE REPRESENTATIVES NOW EVEN THE PRO-LIFE ONES. It can’t wait!

Also, five hostile amendments have been sent to the House floor from a very bad House committee to try and kill HB 4085. There will be a battle by pro-life legislators on the House Floor to keep the hostile amendments off of the pro-life bill. One amendment requires that there be informed consent before prescriptions for erectile dysfunctions be given and another amendment requires that for any ultrasound, the person must be asked if he/she wants to view it. Ultrasounds are done for numerous kinds parts of the body like liver, kidneys, lymph nodes and on and on. These amendments while sounding silly will hurt the bill’s passage.

HB 4117 (Tom Morrison) Requires that any medical facility that does 50 or more abortions meet all the health and safety standards as all other outpatient clinics [known as ambulatory surgical treatment centers].

About Lake County Right to Life

Established in 1973 and headquartered in Grayslake, Lake County Right to Life is an educational and advocacy organization for the protection of innocent human life. The organization works in Lake County to promote the vision of a society in which all human life is respected, protected and secure. For more information, please call the Lake County Right to Life office at (847) 223-7022 or visit the website at www.ifrl.org/lake.

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