In the 6th Congressional District two Republican women seek to take out Democrat Sean Casten.
Casten, who compared having a abortion to having one’s gall bladder removed, beat Pro-Life Congressman Peter Roskam in 2018.
Now, former Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and former State Rep. Jeanne Ives are battling for the re-match rights.
Both women are strongly Pro-Life.
Sanguinetti’s mother was only 15 when she got pregnant.
“She chose to have me and keep me.
“[Bruce] Rauner knew this.
“I’ve always been unapologetically Pro-Life.
Concerning Rauner’s signing of the abortion bill, his Lt. Governor the she was “under the [belief] that he wold make the decision he told the Cardinal.”
She got call twenty minutes before [the signing ceremony].
He told me he had “a change of heart.”
She asked, “Why did you even bother joining forces with me?”
His reply: “I need you to be with me.”
Sanguinetti told him, “I need to go back and pray about it.”
She noted that former Lt. Governor [under George Ryan) Corrine Wood was at the ceremony.
“You don’t get a Lieutenant Governor [at the Thompson Center in twenty minutes,” she said contemptuously.
“It came as a complete surprise to me.
“To this day it is a problem.
“We got to College Church [in Wheaton].
“I told the Chicago Tribune I disagreed.
“I told the Governor.
“We thought as a family of getting off the ticket.
“While the Life issue is the most important, if I’m the only Pro-Life voice to be there, I thought I ought to be there.”
Ives started talking about abortion by stating, “I am 100% Pro-Life.”
She told of serving on the State Board of Right to Life of Illinois Action Board after she left the state legislature in January.
In that role, she advised calling out the Democrats who might be convinced not to vote for the abortion on demand bill “by name.”
She noted the strategy succeeded in some cases.
Ives told of her fifth child’s having “an incomplete diaphragm.”
The doctor told her that the “child would have no lungs” and recommended an abortion.
She explained the baby had no problem as long as it was surrounded by amniotic fluid.
“[The child] was completely healthy in amniotic fluid, but couldn’t breathe outside.
“We spent our money going to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia” to see if an operation before birth could save the baby.
The parents decided to let him die “under God’s terms.”
There was “a genetic issue.”
“Fifty percent [of pregnancies] would not result in a live birth.
She had previously had four miscarriages and four sons.
Now she has five children.
A girl was born after that tragic pregnancy.
She was sad, but explained she did not take the “Why Me?” approach.