Illinois Democrats Pass Bill Protecting Abortionists’ From Having Their Medical Licenses Revoked

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 1, 2022   |   6:56PM   |   Springfield, Illinois

Illinois Democrat lawmakers are rapidly advancing legislation this spring to protect abortionists from having their medical licenses revoked if they are disciplined in other states.

On Thursday, state Democrat leaders joined staff of the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood for a news conference to celebrate the state House passing the bill, Capitol News Illinois reports.

State House Bill 1464 prohibits the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from revoking, suspending or taking any other disciplinary action against licensed physicians, nurses and physician assistants for providing abortions or abortion-related services in another state that are legal in Illinois.

The bill would protect traveling abortionists who move from state to state aborting unborn babies, often abandoning patients who may suffer complications afterward. The legislation is an attempt to thwart state pro-life laws that punish abortionists for killing unborn babies. It also could endanger women’s lives by allowing abortionists disciplined in other states to continue aborting unborn babies without accountability in Illinois.

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According to the report:

Bill sponsor Rep. Maura Hirschauer, D-Batavia, said that if a medical professional practicing in Illinois and other states is disciplined in the other state, it triggers potential disciplinary action in Illinois as well. But as other states have moved to make abortion more difficult or outright illegal, the law would shield an Illinois doctor who is disciplined in one of those states for performing an abortion from facing the same discipline in Illinois. …

“We have spoken here in Illinois, now is not the time to be punishing health care workers for doing their jobs and serving their patients,” Hirschaurer said.

The bill would go into effect immediately after it passes, which appears likely.

The state House passed the pro-abortion bill in a 68 to 41 vote Thursday, and it already is advancing in the state Senate. Democrats control the Illinois legislature by a strong majority, making it impossible for pro-life lawmakers to stop pro-abortion legislation from passing.

In December, the state legislature also voted to repeal the Illinois parental notification law, which required at least one parent to be notified before their underage daughter has an abortion. They ignored strong public opposition in doing so. NBC 5 Chicago reported state residents submitted nearly 50,000 notices of opposition to the legislation, and a 2021 poll found 72 percent of Illinois voters support the parental notification law, including many who identified as pro-choice.

Illinois also forces taxpayers to pay for abortions and allows unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth. The state health department reported 46,243 abortions in 2020.