Illinois Opens Nationwide Call Center to Make Sure More Babies are Killed in Abortions

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 24, 2022   |   1:42PM   |   Springfield, Illinois

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined abortion industry leaders Friday to celebrate the opening of a new call center that will encourage women to travel to Illinois to abort their unborn babies.

Instead of addressing the underlying reasons why women seek abortions, including financial struggles, abuse, fear, social pressure and a lack of family support, the call center will help Planned Parenthood and the Hope Clinic for Women, an abortion facility in Granite City, sell more abortions.

St. Louis Public Radio reports the purpose of the new call center, located in the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Fairview Heights, is to reach abortion-minded women in Missouri, Texas and other pro-life states.

Callers will be offered help arranging travel to an abortion facility and money for the abortion, travel costs, overnight lodging, childcare and meals, said Yamelsie Rodríguez, president of Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.

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“[It’s] a case management center that helps solve the growing layers of logistical barriers patients face when seeking an abortion,” Rodríguez said. “This is a new navigation tool in response to a growing demand.”

It seems highly unlikely that the call center will offer support to mothers who want to choose life for their unborn babies and are lacking the financial and/or family support to do so. Abortion, not actually helping women, is the goal.

Samuel Lee of Campaign Life Missouri said the news is more reason than ever for lawmakers in his state to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion chain of taxpayer dollars. He called it “despicable” that the Illinois governor and abortion industry are paying pregnant mothers, including young teens, to cross state lines and have their unborn babies killed in abortions.

“This is perverse!” Lee wrote on Twitter. “At a virtual ribbon-cutting for the new Planned Parenthood/Hope Clinic ‘logistics center’ to get women and girls to cross state lines to have their babies aborted, Gov. Pritzker called it ‘lifesaving and life-changing work.’”

Pritzker repeatedly praised his abortion industry allies during a virtual press conference Friday. He also promised to make Illinois a “refuge for reproductive rights” as other states work to ban abortions.

“The services that it provides represent an important new frontier to secure abortion rights,” Pritzker said. “We’re incredibly proud that it’s here in Illinois. As governor, I will fight to make sure Illinois is a refuge for reproductive rights today, tomorrow and always.”

The call center is one of the ways the billion-dollar abortion industry hopes to keep its business going if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade later this year. Without Roethe Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group, predicts that 26 states will ban abortions, and experts say hundreds of thousands of unborn babies would be spared from abortions every year.

When abortions are banned, many women choose life for their unborn babies, but some still seek out abortions. After Texas passed its law banning abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, Erin King, executive director of the Hope Clinic, said they saw a patient “explosion.”

Rodríguez said Planned Parenthood in Illinois also saw a 53-percent increase in out-of-state patients since September, and she predicts up to 14,000 more women could come to Illinois seeking abortions every year if Roe is overturned, according to St. Louis Public Radio.

Mothers and unborn babies in Missouri especially are being targeted for abortions. The call center is located right near the border of the state, not far from St. Louis, KSIS 1050 AM reports. Missouri only has one abortion facility, and the state legislature is considering several pro-life bills this winter.

Since 1973, nearly 63.5 million unborn babies and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions. Abortions are not health care. They do not save lives or heal; their purpose is to kill unborn babies – unique, irreplaceable human beings who deserve a right to life.

Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans want greater legal protections for the unborn.

Illinois has none. The state allows unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth and forces taxpayers to pay for their deaths. Last year, despite strong public opposition, the state legislature even repealed the parental notification law, which required that at least one parent be notified before an underage girl has an abortion.