This is a copy of a Letter to the Editor I wrote. I don’t know if they will publish it. Many thanks to our District office for sending this information out to us.
I recently came across some very distressing news. It seems that the war on the unborn (and partially-born) has come to our front door step. The Illinois State House of Representatives is now considering a Bill that is designed to expand abortion rights and further limit the rights of unborn children to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Similar to the “Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCA) on the federal level, House Bill 2354 creates a so-called “Reproductive Health and Access Act.” This radical bill is before the full Illinois House in Springfield and could have a vote within the next few weeks. Contained in this Bill are six key dangerous provisions:
- HB2354 establishes abortion as a fundamental right, sweeping away ALL state restrictions on abortion, including the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act.
- HB2354 will greatly expand taxpayer funding of abortion through the State Medicaid program, which would likely mean thousands more taxpayer funded abortions every year.
- HB2354 denies religious or conscience rights to pro-life healthcare workers, who would be required to assist or refer patients for abortions or they could lose their jobs.
- HB2354 rescinds local control over sex-education for public schools, mandating comprehensive sex-education “condom training” in elementary and high schools.
- HB2354 creates a liability shield for abortion providers, making it far more difficult for women to sue for damages in cases of botched abortions.
- HB 2354 eliminates the requirement in law that only a physician can do abortions. This is a dangerous reversal of the physician-only requirement under current law.
Several thoughts come to mind when reading these so-called provisions. First of all, it is obvious that the authors of this Bill and the abortion-rights activists behind it are entirely unfeeling and lack all compassion towards not only unborn and partially born children but also towards those who feel it is their moral obligation to protect them. Rather than granting health care workers their 1st amendment rights, they want to make it more difficult for people with beating hearts and sensitive consciences to keep their jobs. It is also obvious that they are intent on foisting their beliefs upon unsuspecting young children by mandating sex-education and “condom training” in public schools.
Of course, they will defend this by saying the same things that I heard when I was in high school: “Oh, but there are 10 and 11 year olds having sex and getting pregnant. They’re going to do it anyway, so they might as well know how to do it safely.” We can see how well this approach has worked since I was in school (in the 90s.). I always thought that it would be interesting to try this approach with drug use. “They’re going to do it anyways, so we might as well show them how to do it without getting infected with some disease.” The schools would have seminars on proper insertion of needles, and tell kids how many pills they can “pop” without killing themselves. But with drug use, the policy has always been: “Just say no to drugs.” Why not adopt this approach for sex?
Parents, not teachers, not government employees, but parents ought to be the ones teaching their children about God’s great gift of sexuality. If this Bill does pass into law, and the schools begin to implement this “mandate” you can be sure that my children will not be there that day. Heaven help us! “Condom training” in elementary schools? What will be next? Classroom demonstrations?
Fellow citizens, this Bill is an affront not only to God, but to anyone who values the sanctity of human life. It shouldn’t take an ethicist with a Ph.D. to see that this Bill will do more harm than good. Do we really want the elected government making decisions about ethical issues like this? Do we really want to limit the religious rights of health care workers and force them to go against their consciences or else lose their jobs?
If you are as appalled by this as I am, please do the unborn children and youngsters of our State a colossal favor and urge your state legislator to vote “No” to this Bill. Go online to www.elections.state.il.us/ and click on “voting and elections” and then “find districts.” Put in your address and find your legislator.
This Bill cannot be permitted to be signed into law. The rights of unborn children need to be protected, not taken away. The innocence of our young children also needs to be protected. Surely a society that allows a Bill like this to pass into law will tolerate anything. We cannot continue as a society to live comfortably in our moral numbness, assuming that our leaders will “know what is best” for our state and country. We must do our part as American citizens to guide and direct our members of congress, and speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Rev. Paul L. Beisel
 Prepared by Illinois Citizens for Life – Ralph Rivera, Legislative Chairman.