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Illinois is considering the most radical abortion bills ever. If passed, they will turn us into the abortion haven of the Midwest, the Abortion Capital of America.

The Reproductive Health Act (H.B. 2495; S.B. 1942) enshrines abortion as a "fundamental right," providing that a "fertilized egg, embryo or fetus does not have independent rights under the law."

The bill would: (1) legalize abortions up until the very moment of birth; (2) eliminate all restrictions on where abortions are performed; (3) require all private health insurance policies to cover abortion (even churches and religious organizations); (4) allow non-physicians to perform surgical and medical abortions; (5) repeal laws that allow husbands to block their wives from aborting their child; (6) eliminate requirements to investigate fetal or maternal deaths resulting from abortion; and (7) allow minors to receive abortions without ever having to notify their parents.

These laws would be extremely dangerous for women and, of course, deadly for their children.

Peter Breen, former Illinois House minority leader, said, "The barbaric procedures promoted by this legislation are nothing short of infanticide. They go well beyond the recent New York law and would turn Illinois into a third-trimester abortion destination and an underage abortion haven."

Please, help save our state from barbarism. Contact your legislators or the Land of Lincoln will become the Auschwitz of America. Our beautiful state will be laced with death camps.

"What you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me."

SUE MARTENSEN

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