Cardinal Cupich warns against 'radical' Illinois abortion bills

Catholic News Agency | 3/26/2019 | Staff
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Chicago, Ill., Mar 26, 2019 / 12:37 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago has spoken out against a pair of Illinois abortion bills, calling them a radical and disturbing movement away from the common good.

In a March 23 letter to the people of his archdiocese, Cupich encouraged Catholics to take a stand against the legislation.

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One of the bills – introduced as House Bill 2495 and Senate Bill 1942 – “seeks to strip unborn persons of any protection - or even consideration - under the law and declares abortion to be a ‘fundamental right’ and matter of health care,” he warned.

The bill would remove many of the medical regulations surrounding abortion in the state, including a ban on partial-birth abortion. It would also require private health insurance to fully fund abortion.

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“The end result is that an abortion could be obtained at any stage of pregnancy, including late term, for any reason and without any regulation. The law would no longer guarantee any modicum of humanity or compassion for any unborn person in Illinois, even if they are partially born,” the cardinal said.

He added that the bill would also undo the state’s Abortion Performance Refusal Act, which currently offers protection for medical personnel who object to advising for or participating in abortion.

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“In so doing, rights of conscience, especially religious objections, will be lost,” he said.

Another piece of legislation – introduced as House Bill 2467 and Senate Bill 1594 – would repeal a current Illinois law requiring parental notification for a minor seeking an abortion, unless a judge grants a waiver.

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Cupich said the parental notification law is a “common sense” measure that helps ensure that parents can “be part of the life-altering decision of their minor child in the case she seeks an abortion.” He noted that the law was unanimously upheld...
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