An Illinois abortion facility that makes its living aborting viable, later-term unborn babies has a new billboard advertising to women in Missouri.
“Welcome to Illinois, where you can get a safe, legal abortion,” the billboard by Hope Clinic for Women says. It is located on Interstate 55/64 near the state border, according to the Riverfront Times.
The abortion facility hopes to target women from Missouri, where abortions are more heavily restricted than in Illinois. It does abortions up to 24 weeks on viable, healthy unborn babies. Its website also tells women how they can get a taxpayer-funded abortion in Illinois.
“The goal of this billboard is to remind people coming in from Missouri that they are now in a state that trusts and allows pregnant people to make their own healthcare and family planning decisions,” said executive director Erin King in a statement.
Alison Dreith, media relations coordinator, said they saw a similar billboard in Colorado and “just loved it.” That billboard campaign targets women from Utah, which provides more protections for unborn babies. Colorado allows abortions for any reason up to birth.
Dreith complained about Missouri’s protective pro-life laws, including its 72-hour waiting period. The informed consent requirement helps ensure that women are not pressured into having an abortion before they have time to consider the risks and alternatives.
Dreith claimed the law is nothing but a burden.
“It’s not only taxing on your time and you wallet, but also your emotions,” she told the local news.
She said half of their abortion patients come from Missouri already. The state has just one abortion facility right now; others recently closed because they failed to comply with basic health and safety regulations.
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Dreith and King sell women the notion that they provide “safe” abortions, but they are not in the business of providing safety or health care. Their business is killing unborn babies.
The Illinois abortion facility does about 3,000 abortions a year, 13 percent of which are in the second trimester (14 to 24 weeks), according to its website. That is 3,000 lives, 3,000 unique, living human beings who were torn from the safety of their mothers’ wombs. Hundreds of these babies already were nearly fully formed, and some likely could have survived outside the womb if they had received medical care. Abortions can risk women’s health and lives as well, but abortion facilities often hide these risks.
Despite these basic facts, eight states allow unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth. The states are Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Vermont, along with Washington, D.C. Illinois currently is considering a bill that would allow abortions up to birth as well.
Meanwhile, other states like Arkansas and Kentucky are moving forward with legislation to protect unborn babies completely from abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Still more are considering heartbeat bills to ban abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks. These states recognize that there is nothing “safe” about killing a baby.