Sound journalism, grounded in facts and Biblical truth | Donate

Illinois governor signs ‘extreme’ abortion law

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (center) signs a pro-abortion law at the Chicago Cultural Center on Wednesday Associated Press/Photo by Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune

Illinois governor signs ‘extreme’ abortion law

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill into law Wednesday stripping all protections from unborn children, allowing for abortions up to the moment of birth. The law, effective immediately, also allows partial-birth abortions, removes protection for pro-life doctors and insurers who object to the practice, and loosens requirements for abortion providers, among other provisions. During the signing, Pritzker, a Democrat, said the law made Illinois a “beacon of hope” and that “abortion bans don’t ban abortion. They just endanger women.” State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Democrat who sponsored the bill, said the law is about “building a firewall around Illinois to protect access.”

The Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life group, called it the “nation’s most extreme abortion law.” Its national campaign chairwoman, Jill Stanek said noted, “While a growing number of states are working to advance popular pro-life laws, Illinois is trying to outdo New York’s abortion extremism—and unborn children and their mothers will pay the price. There is no pride or glory in being the most extreme pro-abortion state in the nation.”

Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.


Please wait while we load the latest comments...


Please register or subscribe to comment on this article.


God bless and comfort you, K Scott. 

K Scott

I grew up in suburban Chicago. This breaks my heart. Thank you for your comment. Well said.

My Two Cents

Those were my thoughts too.Toss the babies to the lions and cheer. May God have mercy.


I'm an Illinois resident, and like most World readers (I presume), I'm sickened by this. I feel like I'm living in Babylon...but in many ways isn't that true of Christians all over the country, it's just a matter of degree?  Our anger won't change this situation.  Instead I think God might ask us to weep and mourn and lift the heaviness in our hearts up to Him, trusting in His sovereignty over this tragic state of affairs.  And then there's this: "If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for you will heap burning coals on his head, and Lord will reward you." --Proverbs 25.21-22.