By Samantha Kamman, Abortion Columnist
The state of Illinois has just passed a bill that is far more radical than the one we saw in New York. HB 2495 will remove any protections for pre-born children, allow abortionists to deny care to babies that survive botched abortions, and its companion bill, HB 2467, repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act from 1995. The bill strips away a ban on D & X procedures, also known as partial-birth abortions. A partial-birth abortion involves the baby’s legs being forcibly pulled out by forceps, with the head remaining inside the birth canal. The abortionist then inserts a pair of scissors into the skull of the baby, removing the brains with the aid of a high-powered suction tube. The horrific measures of this bill serves as a sad reminder of the complete dehumanization the unborn in this country currently face.
Sponsoring the bill, Rep. Kelly Cassidy claimed this bill was for “our neighbors in Illinois who hear the news around the country and worry that this war on women is coming to Illinois, I say, not on my watch. To the people in Missouri and Alabama and Georgia and Kentucky and Mississippi and Ohio, I say, not on my watch.” But this bill had been introduced in February, long before the pro-life bills seen in Alabama and Georgia, and it came after the radical pro-abortion legislation we saw in New York and Virginia.
A very heavily pregnant Rep. Avery Bourne attempted to plead with lawmakers before the bill passed.
“We are talking about the most expansive bill we have seen in this state…this bill is not about keeping abortion legal in Illinois. This is about a massive expansion that will impact viable babies. And that is wrong.”
Cassidy refused to answer Bourne’s questions about the bill, instead stating it would “treat abortion care like any other health care.” Even though the bill removes licensing and health and safety inspections of abortion clinics, it passed 64-50.