GOP Reps. Skillicorn, Halbrook, Grant, Miller lead opposition of state's 'extreme' abortion act
Illinois state Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) is among a growing number of lawmakers in Springfield calling for the repeal of the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) by supporting House Bill 3850, known as the Fetal Heartbeat Bill.
“The so-called Reproductive Health Act is extreme, much more extreme than the proponents claimed,” Skillicorn told the McHenry Times. “The RHA expanded taxpayer funded abortion to the very moment of birth. Polls show a majority of Illinoisans prefer some common-sense limits and regulations on abortion.”
Skillicorn is joined in his repeal efforts by fellow GOP state representatives Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville), Amy Grant (R-Wheaton) and Chris Miller (R-Oakland). The Fetal Heartbeat Bill is currently waiting for assignment to a legislative committee.
House Bill 3850 would also create the Illinois Abortion Law of 2019, which describes “viability to include when in the medical judgment of the attending physician on the particular facts of the case before the attending physician, the unborn child has a fetal heartbeat, and defining fetal heartbeat as the cardiac activity or the steady and repetitive rhythmic contraction of the fetal heartbeat within the gestational sac.”
“Even Roe v. Wade limits abortions after personhood and viability is established,” Skillicorn said. "HB 3850 simply defines viability at the point when a baby has a heartbeat in the womb. This is a reasonable and common-sense restriction. Babies are people too, and it’s time to extend common-sense rights to them.”