Something that hasn’t occurred in years at the Statehouse happened March 20: The building was temporarily shut down – no one was allowed in. That’s because the Statehouse was at capacity due to the thousands of people from across the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and other dioceses in the state advocating and rallying for life inside.
The Life Advocacy Day in the morning and the life rally in the afternoon brought people from all corners of Illinois making their voices heard for the voiceless. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki was one of several speakers to speak at the rally in the Capitol rotunda.
This year’s events were of profound importance as some of the most extreme pro-abortion legislation in the nation is being debated among legislators. HB 2495 and SB 1942 define abortion as a fundamental right, repeal the state’s ban on partial-birth abortion, would allow an abortion to be performed any time even during the ninth month of pregnancy and for any reason, all existing licensing requirements and health standards for facilities in which abortions are performed would be removed or undermined, and eliminates the requirement that coroners investigate the death of a mother occurring during an abortion.
HB 2467 and SB 1594 repeal the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act, which requires a parent or legal guardian be notified when a minor seeks an abortion. Polling shows an overwhelming percentage of Americans disagree with these pieces of legislation.
After meeting with the Catholic Conference of Illinois in the morning, advocates then met with lawmakers or their staffs urging them to vote against these bills — and then rallied in the rotunda for life.
If you want to learn more about the legislation, determine who your state lawmakers are, and get tips on how to write them, visit dio.org/plasm.