Senator Bill Brady is working to block federal legislation that could threaten Illinois’ ban on partial-birth abortions, parental notification laws, and restrictions on taxpayer funding of abortions.

The 44th District Senator is cosponsoring Senate Resolution 47, which urges Congress to reject the passage of the federal Freedom of Choice Act, a measure that could threaten each state’s ability to set state-specific abortion policy.

“I am concerned that the federal Freedom of Choice Act will circumvent the states’ general legislative authority as guaranteed by the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution,” Senator Brady said.  “My personal and legislative opinions are decidedly pro-life, but I do recognize that federal law allows abortion under certain circumstances. Individual states are allowed to pass laws that establish their own abortion policies within the scope of the federal law, and Illinois has several such laws. The protection of women’s health through commonsense state regulations, such as requiring that only certified physicians may perform abortions, is a compelling state interest that should not be nullified by an act of Congress.”

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