'Illinois has become a dumping ground for other states with our flimsy abortion laws and politicians’ flippant attitude toward providing women with resources on all their options.' - Emily Troscinski, executive director of Illinois Right to Life
My question is geared toward Illinois citizens specifically, but also applies generally to voters in the United States.
This morning I came across the news story MORE WOMEN SEEM TO BE CROSSING STATE LINES TO HAVE ABORTIONS IN ILLINOIS which reveals that while the numbers of abortions might be going down, it also appears that surrounding states who are tightening their laws against abortion have more women coming to Illinois to abort their unborn children because our laws are so lax.
Here is an excerpt from the article mentioned above:
When Alison Dreith learned of her unplanned pregnancy, the St. Louis resident said she chose to travel to Illinois to have an abortion in 2016.
She is the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri and lived closer to a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis where she used to work and knew some of the staff. But Dreith said Missouri’s 72-hour waiting period and other regulations made terminating a pregnancy far more burdensome in her state.
'I knew Missouri’s laws,” she said. 'I never even thought twice about making the decision to go to Illinois.'
The article goes on to say:
More women appear to be traveling from out of state to have an abortion in Illinois even as the total number of terminated pregnancies statewide decreased, according to the most recent figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Dreith is among the 4,543 women who crossed the state border to terminate a pregnancy in 2016, an increase from the 3,210 abortions provided to out-of-state women reported in the previous year, based on a state report released in December. Overall, abortions in Illinois dropped from 39,856 in 2015 to 38,382 in 2016.
Since 2010, about 3,000 women a year have come here from out of state to have an abortion. Because of confidentiality laws, the data aren’t broken down by home state, nor do they explain why women are traveling for the procedure. ...
Now, don't get me wrong, I am an absolutist who believes all prenatal child-killing should be outlawed, but this news that women are simply driving across state lines to kill their preborn babies because we make it so easy for them is appalling and should leave us feeling ashamed of our apathy and lack of basic human compassion.
I'm all for Pregnancy Resource Centers and sidewalk counseling at abortion mills to save lives and change hearts, but we really need to do more if we want to see the bloodshed stop. We are going to have to draw a line in the sand and vote out pro-abort candidates like Bruce Rauner while electing only those who promise to make the end of shedding the preborn's blood a top priority. We can no longer elect waffling politicians with seared consciences who won't stand for the preborn or who hide their stand on abortion. We need to seek out, find and support those who are passionate about life and who proudly state they are 100% pro-life.
Most of you reading this who know me realize I've been beating this drum for almost two decades and, LORD willing, someday I'll be able to give it a rest, but not now. I'm sick of the bloodshed. Are you? Are you ready to take an uncompromising stand and stop enabling the bloodshed of innocent babies? If so, we'll see Bruce Rauner and other pro-aborts ousted from office this coming November. Please also remember to NOT vote for Bruce Rauner in the March 20th primary. Thank you and may God help us save lives in Illinois instead of being referred to as the midwest dumping ground for the unwanted preborn. Amen.