Illinois Becomes Abortion Sanctuary as State Kills Thousands of Babies From Out of State

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 26, 2022   |   12:51PM   |   Springfield, Illinois

The abortion industry is doing a big business in Illinois after its allies in the state legislature voted to get rid of basically every abortion limit in the state.

Now, more out-of-state women and girls are traveling – or being forced to travel – to Illinois to abort their unborn babies.

According to the Chicago Tribune, new state health data shows a 29-percent increase in abortions for out-of-state women in Illinois in 2020.

Both abortion activists and pro-life advocates believe that number likely was even higher in 2021, though abortion data for that year is not available yet.

The new abortion report from the Illinois Department of Public Health shows abortions were done for 9,686 out-of-state women in 2020, an increase of more than 2,000 from 2019.

The total number of abortions in Illinois that year was 46,243, a slight decrease from 2019 – meaning fewer Illinois women had abortions that year, according to the report.

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“When you look at the way Illinois has legislated, it makes sense that folks from out of state would stream into Illinois to get abortions,” pro-life lawyer Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society told the Tribune.

Within the past five years, Illinois politicians have gotten rid of basically all limits on abortion in the state, including informed consent and parental notification laws, limits on taxpayer-funded abortions and late-term abortions, and more.

In 2019, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law allowing abortions for any reason up to birth and forcing every state insurance plan to cover them. It also repealed the state partial-birth abortion ban and conscience protections for medical workers.

Then, late last year, lawmakers ignored public opinion and repealed the parental notification law for underage girls. Now, young girls can abort their unborn babies – or be forced to by abusers – without their parents’ knowledge.

Within the past two years, the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood also opened two new abortion facilities in the state, including one on the border of Missouri, according to the Tribune. Missouri has been passing pro-life laws to protect unborn babies from abortion.

Ameri Klafeta, of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, told the news outlet that Illinois is a place of “hope” for women in states where abortions could become illegal if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade later this year.

“Banning abortion and other reproductive health care in these surrounding states does not erase the need for access to critical health care — despite the magical thinking of anti-abortion politicians inside and outside Illinois’ borders,” Klafeta said. “It is hopeful and helpful that some number of those affected by these regressive laws are able to get care in our state.”

This is a common pro-abortion talking point, but it is false. Studies show that pro-life laws do stop abortions and save lives, and even prominent abortion activists admit that making abortion illegal does stop women from having them.

“… recent studies show that the majority of women who are prevented from reaching an abortion provider due to travel distance give birth as a result,” a group of 154 pro-abortion economists and researchers told the U.S. Supreme Court recently in a brief.

Diana Green Foster, an abortion activist and researcher at the University of California San Francisco, wrote at Rewire in 2019: “Stop saying that making abortion illegal won’t stop people from having them. … [O]nly 48 percent of unintended pregnancies are aborted in countries where abortion is illegal compared to 69 percent where it is legal indicates that many women have to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.”

Breen and other state pro-life leaders predict that there will be public backlash as a result of the politicians’ radical pro-abortion push.

“I don’t think the people of Illinois wanted our state to become known as the abortion capital of the Midwest, but our legislators and government have decided to move us in that direction,” Breen said.

Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, which is based in Chicago, said it is not “inevitable” that Illinois will become an abortion sanctuary of the mid-west.

“As we continue to see the impact of the government’s aggressive expansion of abortion in Illinois, especially abortions performed on minors … from out of state, we may see more willingness on the part of voters to rein in this abortion license,” he told the Tribune.

Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans want greater legal protections for the unbornsupport parental consent laws and oppose taxpayer funding for abortions.