by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
Here in Illinois, some Democrat lawmakers are pushing House Bills 2467 and 2495, and Senate Bills 1594 and 1942. Among other things, these bills would make abortion a fundamental right and would repeal parental notification, which is currently required in Illinois when a minor seeks an abortion. This past March 28, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and I, along with the diocesan bishops of the other four Catholic dioceses in Illinois, held a press conference at the State Capitol in Springfield to express our opposition to these extreme proposals. It is not often that all of the bishops gather at the Capitol, so the extraordinary presence of all six diocesan bishops in Illinois was intended to send a clear message that we ― as a church ― are united in our opposition to these abortion bills and we call on all people of good will to oppose them. As we enter into our Holy Week observances, commemorating Our Savior’s passage from his death on Good Friday to the new life of his resurrection on Easter Sunday gives us hope that our culture of death can be transformed into a culture of life.