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Illinois governor signs ‘extreme’ abortion law

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/12/19, 02:37 pm

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill into law Wednesday stripping all protections from unborn children, allowing for abortions up to the moment of birth. The law, effective immediately, also allows partial-birth abortions, removes protection for pro-life doctors and insurers who object to the practice, and loosens requirements for abortion providers, among other provisions. During the signing, Pritzker, a Democrat, said the law made Illinois a “beacon of hope” and that “abortion bans don’t ban abortion. They just endanger women.” State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Democrat who sponsored the bill, said the law is about “building a firewall around Illinois to protect access.”

The Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life group, called it the “nation’s most extreme abortion law.” Its national campaign chairwoman, Jill Stanek said noted, “While a growing number of states are working to advance popular pro-life laws, Illinois is trying to outdo New York’s abortion extremism—and unborn children and their mothers will pay the price. There is no pride or glory in being the most extreme pro-abortion state in the nation.”

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  •  austinbeartux's picture
    Posted: Wed, 06/12/2019 03:20 pm

    With the number of abortions in the neighborhood of 60 million, actions like the one Illinois has taken even overshadows the Holocaust.  (Not trying to be hyperbolic.)  God will judge eventually, but in the meantime it's time to mourn.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 06/12/2019 06:08 pm

    And they call us deplorables. 

  • GratefulDisciple
    Posted: Wed, 06/12/2019 06:53 pm

    I'm an Illinois resident, and like most World readers (I presume), I'm sickened by this. I feel like I'm living in Babylon...but in many ways isn't that true of Christians all over the country, it's just a matter of degree?  Our anger won't change this situation.  Instead I think God might ask us to weep and mourn and lift the heaviness in our hearts up to Him, trusting in His sovereignty over this tragic state of affairs.  And then there's this: "If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for you will heap burning coals on his head, and Lord will reward you." --Proverbs 25.21-22.    

  •  austinbeartux's picture
    Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 09:40 am

    Well said Grateful.

  • K Scott
    Posted: Fri, 06/14/2019 06:32 am

    I grew up in suburban Chicago. This breaks my heart. Thank you for your comment. Well said.

  •  John Cogan's picture
    John Cogan
    Posted: Wed, 06/12/2019 08:15 pm

    In these photos from New York, Vermont and Illinois everyone is grinning, clapping and celebrating ... death. It kind of brings to mind the crowds in the 1st century Roman Coliseum.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 03:04 pm

    Those were my thoughts too.Toss the babies to the lions and cheer. May God have mercy.

  • K Scott
    Posted: Fri, 06/14/2019 06:38 am

    Hard to absorb the reality that we are living in a time like that. A sobering comparison. 

  • K Scott
    Posted: Fri, 06/14/2019 01:29 pm

    I just watched a PBS video clip of a woman who is pregnant with twins ("beings"). She takes the first of two pills to abort them. Then, she talks to her children in the womb calmly and sweetly, thanking them for choosing her, as she explains to them she just can't..... Chilling. The fact that a woman could actually talk to her children while she is killing them is more than my mind or heart can absorb. I have been vocal and active in this culture war for decades, but this has stopped me in my tracks. We are trying to engage with people of no conscience. Zero conscience. Pro-choicers can no longer deny the "clump of cells" is a human life, but that doesn't matter to them. So, they will continue to coldly kill in the name of choice and compassion. And, Illinois? Astounding. Too much to stomach. Those of you who say it is time to grieve are right. I wonder, how can we mourn collectively? There must be a symbolic way we can display our grief across this nation. This may sound dramatic or strange, but I crave a nationwide community of respectful mourners. God have mercy. Here is that video:



  • K Scott
    Posted: Sat, 06/15/2019 06:48 am

    I don't normally comment on my own comments or quote myself, but somehow, maybe oddly, this seems appropriate to share here. I posted this on my Facebook page today: "Taking a break. Too much abortion reality in the past couple of weeks. After 40 years of supporting recovering rape victims, I didn't think anything could shock me. I was wrong. I have been too close and seen too much: unimaginable cruelty, hate, threats, coordinated attacks, lies, complacent ignorance, and worst of all, apathy. I cannot piece together Facebook "positivity" and the dark world I have engaged with recently. So, I will step away and do what is necessary. Most likely, this will involve some healthy grieving in the presence of God. I will find comfort there, as I sense His tears mingling with mine. Thankfully, He is on His throne. I just want to curl up on His lap for a while and hear Him remind me it will all be okay in the end." (For the record, I am 100% pro-life. No rape/incest exception.)


  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 06/18/2019 12:41 am

    God bless and comfort you, K Scott. 

  • K Scott
    Posted: Tue, 06/18/2019 11:36 pm


    Thank you so much for your kindness. Much appreciated. I will get back out there soon.

    Two things I am keeping in mind:

    1. It is not what we do for God that matters. It is what He does in and through us that makes all the difference.

    2. The battle is the Lord's. 

    God bless you, as well. 


  • K Scott
    Posted: Wed, 06/19/2019 11:12 pm

    One has to wonder how much of a connection there is between these extreme laws and the harvesting of baby body parts for profit.