Springfield….State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) stood alongside her Republican colleagues on the floor of the Illinois House to offer a united front in opposing sweeping abortion expansion legislation.
Bryant says SB 25 as amended redefines Illinois law to call abortions a ‘fundamental right’, and repeals critical elements of parental notification, while leaving unknowing, unsuspecting parents or guardians on the hook for financial costs related to the abortion of their child. “The process by which this sweeping overhaul and expansion of abortion access bill came to be debated was 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. Less than 48 hours later, the bill passed the House. There are sweeping changes to existing law in the bill and the details are very disturbing.”
During recent questioning of the bill’s sponsor during House Committee, 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 and House Republican members, one after the other, took the extraordinary step of yielding their floor speaking time to 95th district State Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Raymond), who herself is 8 months pregnant. The united stand by House Republicans presented during Bourne’s questioning of the bill’s sponsor remarkably illustrated House Republican members’ objections to SB 25.
“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.”
SB 25 faces one final legislative hurdle, as it heads to the Illinois Senate for a concurrence motion. ####