From Informed Choices Pregnancy & Parenting Center located behind McDonald’s in Crystal Lake and Grayslake:
A pending bill that could have serious implications for the way in which we minister to our clients is scheduled to be heard in the House Human Services Committee at next Wednesday May 13th at 8:30 in C-1 in the Stratton building.
A brief summary of SB 1564 is below, along with some actions steps you can take.
The most important thing we can do is pray.
But now is the time for us to raise our voices against the passage of this bill.
Standing for life with you,
Sarah Van Der Lip
Executive Director, Informed Choices
Summary of SB 1564:
This bill will require pro-life physicians, pharmacists, pregnancy centers and health care facilities to refer for abortion and abortion-inducing drugs. The bill now goes to the Illinois House for consideration.
If you are unfamiliar with this legislation, it would require every health care provider in the state to inform patients who they serve of their “legal treatment options” and the “benefits” of those options.
Additionally, while the provider themselves do not have to provide the requested service to a patient, provider will have to refer, transfer or provide a written list of locations where the provider “reasonably believes” the patient can obtain the service.
In other words, every health care provider in the state will have to materially participate in abortion and the distribution of abortion-inducing drugs when asked by a patient.
Under the legislation, “health care provider” is defined so broadly as to include pro-life medical pregnancy centers that provide ultrasounds.
And, depending upon how the bill’s vague language is interpreted, even those pregnancy centers that only do pregnancy tests could be subject to these onerous rules or be forced to shut down.
How you can voice your opposition to SB :
(1) Click on this link to the 99th Illinois General Assembly Witness slip.
(2) Complete Sections I & II (if you don’t have a “Title” you can write “Citizen Lobbyist”)
(3) Section III – choose “Opponent”
(4) Section IV – choose “Record of Appearance Only”
(5) Type in the encryption code
(6) Check “I agree” and “create slip”.