Springfield, IL. – The Illinois Senate voted 34 to 20 Friday night to end all restrictions on abortion in Illinois. Senator Wilcox (R-McHenry) voted against the measure.
State Sen. Craig Wilcox issued the following statement on Senate Bill 25:
“I voted against a radical expansion of legal abortion. Under Senate Bill 25, late-term abortions, for any reason, would be legal and Illinois’ partial birth abortion ban would be repealed. It would require private insurance companies to cover abortion, and could require doctors, nurses and hospitals to perform abortions without any consideration for their personal beliefs or constitutional rights. SB 25 strips all independent rights from the unborn child, and since it eliminates any restrictions or regulations on abortion, Illinois’ Parental Notification Act could be in jeopardy – leaving parents without the right to know if their minor daughter is getting an abortion.
The Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Life is listed before Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Life is given preeminence in the Declaration. If you’re not entitled to Life itself, then our remaining unalienable – or fundamental – Rights have no meaning.”
Senate Bill 25, having already been approved by the House on May 28, now heads to the Governor.