An Illinois pro-abortion lawmaker is facing public scrutiny after she reportedly told constituents that castrating men would help end abortions.
The DuPage Policy Journal reports several constituents confirmed that state Rep. Dianne Pappas, a Democrat from Itasca, made similar remarks about castration during two separate meetings. They met with her about a pro-abortion bill in Illinois.
Jackie Hayden, a pro-life Republican from Pappas’ district, said she and several others recently set up a meeting with her to explain their opposition to state House Bill 2495, the Reproductive Health Act.
The pro-abortion legislation would treat abortion as a “fundamental right” and strip away even minor protections for unborn babies and medical professionals who object to abortions. Pro-life voters fear the bill could pass with Democrats in control of both state houses and the governor’s office.
However, state lawmakers have not moved forward with the bill recently. One possible reason is the massive public opposition. In March, so many Illinois pro-lifers flooded the capitol in opposition to the bill that police had to close the building due to overcrowding.
Hayden said they met with Pappas to discuss the pro-abortion bill and left shocked by the state representative’s statements.
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In an op-ed for the local news, Hayden said Pappas emphatically stated her support for the bill just two minutes into the discussion. Then, she said, the politician suggested that men be castrated to stop the “abortion problem.”
“You know ladies, with technology the way it is, we wouldn’t have an abortion problem if we applied a plan,” Pappas said, according to the report. “Now, I’ve been told it’s a bit radical, but if we allowed men to be castrated, took the sperm to the bank, collected tax dollars on it for storage, then when it’s time, to have the man decide he’s ready to begin a family…. well then, problem is solved!”
Hayden said she believes the politician was sincere. She said Pappas also called one of the others in her group a racist.
The local news confirmed that another constituent said Pappas made similar remarks about castrating men to them during a separate meeting. It also repeatedly contacted Pappas for comment, but did not receive a response.
Attacks on men are not unheard of from pro-abortion lawmakers. In March, a Georgia pro-abortion politician proposed nonsense legislation to ban vasectomy procedures, classify sex without a condom as “aggravated assault,” and require men to receive their partner’s permission before taking erectile dysfunction medication. Democratic state Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick said she proposed the bill in response to Georgia’s heartbeat legislation.
In Illinois, there still is a chance that state lawmakers will move forward with the pro-abortion legislation and end the very limited protections Illinois has for unborn babies. If it passes, it would prohibit the state from interfering in any way with abortions. It would erase criminal penalties for performing abortions and allow non-doctors to do them. The legislation also would repeal the partial-birth abortion ban, abortion clinic regulations and conscience protections for medical workers.
A second bill also would repeal the state parental notification law, which requires underage girls to inform at least one parent before she has an abortion.
The Thomas More Society described the bill as “the most radical piece of abortion legislation that has ever been introduced in Illinois.”
Polls show that the public does not support such radical proposals. A recent national poll by Marist University found that three in four Americans (75 percent) say abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. This includes most Republicans (92 percent), Independents (78 percent) and Democrats (60 percent).
The bills are pending in the 101st General Assembly as House Bills 2467 & 2495 and Senate Bills 1594 & 1942. The Thomas More Society detailed analysis can be found here.