The 44th District Senator says he is also concerned that the Freedom of Choice Act could bar laws protecting doctors’ and hospitals’ right of conscientious objection to abortion.
“Catholic hospitals make up about one-third of our nation’s healthcare facilities,” Senator Brady said. “So, if the Freedom of Choice Act is passed, and abortion on demand must be performed in any facility, it could be that the Catholic Church will not cooperate. The effect will be far-reaching.”
Ralph Rivera, legislative chairman of Illinois Citizens for Life, said it is important to pass the resolution before Congress acts on any Freedom of Choice legislation this year.
“Senate Resolution 47 says that the Illinois Senate would urge Congress to reject any so-called Freedom of Choice bill. I don’t think any such legislation has been introduced in the current session of Congress, but there have been several bills introduced in years past and it is important to send members of Congress a strong message now,” Rivera said. “The Freedom of Choice Act would negate a number of state laws currently on the books, such as parental notice and a ban on taxpayer funding for abortion.”
If approved by the Senate, the resolution would be sent to the President, the Governor, the U.S Senate President and President pro tempore, the U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives, and each member of the Illinois Congressional Delegation.
Senate Resolution 47 is also sponsored by Senator William Haine (D-Alton).