Springfield….State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) is not a standing member of the House Human-Services Appropriations Committee. But, on Sunday night, the 115th district State Representative requested to serve as a substitute member of the Committee in order to offer her opposition to sweeping abortion expansion legislation.
Bryant says SB 25 Amendment 1 is modeled after New York’s recently signed law that allows for abortions at any time during pregnancy for any reason to be paid for by taxpayers.
“The process by which this sweeping overhaul and expansion of abortion access bill came to be debated tonight is an egregious abuse of power by majority Democrats,” Bryant said. “The amendment to SB 25 was posted at 6:08 p.m. on Sunday night with a scheduled Committee time of 7:08 p.m, allowing just one hour for legislators to read the bill and for the public to view it and offer witness slips on the record.”
In addition to her objections to the process, Bryant pressed the bill’s sponsor and Committee hearing witnesses on specific provisions in current law that require a second physician be in the room for a post viability abortion.
“This legislation is called the Reproductive Health Act, so that to me means we be should be discussing maternity care, birth control, medical and mental health services for pregnant women,” Bryant said. “What part of an abortion results in reproduction? Language matters, process matters, and this bill matters to my constituents a great deal. I have been overwhelmed at the outpouring of opposition that I received to the original version of this bill. Had my constituents had an appropriate amount of time to know that this bill was coming up for a vote in a different legislative vehicle, then I can assure you my email inbox and text message folders would be filled to the brim.”
Bryant went on to offer a withering assault on the bill’s outright affront to the Constitutionally-guaranteed rights of all individuals to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
“What this law says is, when a baby is wanted….there is value, and when a baby is not wanted, there is no value to the life,” Bryant said. “I’m talking about basic human rights. SB 25 Amendment 1 changes the definition of viability and allows an unborn child no independent rights. This is a human life that fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God, period. I condemn the passage of this legislation in the strongest terms and I pray that the people of Illinois reach out to all of their elected officials to oppose this bill.”
The bill passed the House Human Services Appropriations Committee on a straight party line vote with 12 democrats voting yes and 7 republicans voting no. The bill now heads for House Floor action with just 5 days to go in the remaining legislative Session.