SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) Women’s groups are finding plenty to dislike about a couple of bills which have made their way to the floor of the Illinois House.
Planned Parenthood, along with the ACLU and several female lawmakers say the bills — one requiring abortion doctors to offer to show the mother an ultrasound and the other tightening health regulations on many clinics – are simply further attempts to undermine Roe vs. Wade.
The bills’ route to a full debate is almost as upsetting to the groups. They were assigned to the House Agriculture Committee, which is gaining a reputation for passing conservative legislation that seemingly has no connection to, say, corn or hogs. That had protestors packing the meeting room and wearing T-shirts that said “Women are not livestock.”
State Rep. Deborah Mell (D-Chicago) said there are more important issues to worry about, such as the fiscal crisis. “It is a little insulting to be sitting here,” Mell says. “Because we have other health care committees and everything, that’s why. And we’re not talking about abortions for cows and pigs? We’re talking about women? Is that true? OK.”
State Rep. Thomas Morrison (R-Palatine) says passing conservative legislation in Illinois is a challenge, and bringing the bill to a committee with like-minded lawmakers makes it easier to get his voice heard. He says the discussion should be more civil when it’s just amongst lawmakers.
“As lawmakers, there’s 118 of us, we have to handle a whole variety of subjects. And so I’m happy that it’s going to have its day on the House floor for discussion,” Moore says.
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