On Wednesday morning, the Human Services Committee heard testimony about SB 1564, a bill that would change the Health Care Rights of Conscience Act by forcing doctors, nurses, pharmacists to distribute information to help a patients find objectionable medical services such as abortion, sterilization, and certain end-of-life care. The bill passed out of committee on a party line vote of 8-4, as expected. The bill now moves to the Illinois House floor where it could be voted on as early as next week.
It is important to point out that SB 1564 would also negatively affect crisis pregnancy centers that provide health care services by requiring that these life centers give referrals to Planned Parenthood or other venues that promote abortion.
Dr. Pamela Smith, a Chicago area Obstetrician who graduated from Yale University of Medicine, shares her thoughts about SB 1564 with Illinois Family Institute:
Take ACTION: Click HERE to send an email or a fax to your state representative. Ask him/her to uphold Rights of Conscience for medical personnel, and vote NO to SB 1564.
Please also call your state representative during normal business hours to politely ask them to uphold the rights of conscience for medical personnel. The Capitol switchboard number is (217) 782-2000.