Following the use of a legislative “gut and replace” ploy by Speaker Madigan and Illinois Democrats to circumvent reasonable public notice requirements, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-Crystal Lake) denounced the dark of night tactics. The legislation in question, House Floor Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 25, would drastically expand the use of abortion to any point during pregnancy and remove protections for infants born alive during failed abortions.
“It is unconscionable that Speaker Madigan and Illinois Democrats have employed these dark of night tactics,” said Skillicorn. “Holding a Sunday night hearing on an hour’s notice for an extreme piece of legislation sends a clear message to Illinoisans that your right to weigh in means nothing to the majority party. People of all stripes from across the state have expressed serious concern about the extreme nature of this proposal and, as our constitution expresses, they should have been given reasonable notice to express their right to be heard.”