Crystal Lake, IL –Representatives Allen Skillicorn, Brad Halbrook, Amy Grant, and Chris Miller introduce HB3850 which repeals the recently passed Reproductive Health Act. The bill creates the Illinois Abortion Law of 2019 containing the provisions of the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 before its repeal, as well as provisions defining “viability” to include when, in the medical judgment of the attending physician based on the particular facts of the case before the attending physician, the unborn child has a fetal heartbeat, and defining “fetal heartbeat” as the cardiac activity or the steady and repetitive rhythmic contraction of the fetal heart within the gestational sac.
It also creates the Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act of 2019 and the Abortion Performance Refusal Act of 2019 containing the provisions of the Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act and the Abortion Performance Refusal Act before their repeal, along with amending various Acts by restoring the language that existed before the amendment of those Acts.
Skillicorn stated, “Many in our Districts and in Illinois were shocked when they discovered that the ‘Reproductive Health Act’ wasn’t just preserving abortion law in Illinois as it currently stood, which proponents repeatedly claimed, but advanced the most radical abortion law in our State’s history and the Nation.” Skillicorn continued, “It is now conceivable that a 14-year old girl lacking parental consent and advanced in her pregnancy could receive an abortion from a ‘health worker’ in a facility lacking minimum medical standards, as practitioner and facility licensing have been revoked. And if she would die due to negligence, no record of the death due to a botched abortion would be reported. It’s stunningly inconceivable!”