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GOP legislators call for repeal of Illinois Abortion Law, introduce Fetal Heartbeat measure

State Government

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 13, 2019

Illinois state Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) |

A group of at least four Republican state lawmakers are calling for the repeal of House Bill 3850, which creates the Illinois Abortion Law of 2019 and makes abortion “a fundamental right” in the state.

Known as the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), HB 3850 also includes provisions defining, "viability to include when in the medical judgment of the attending physician based 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 heart within the gestational sac."

According to, state representatives Allen Skillicorn (R-Crystal Lake), Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville), Amy Grant (R-Wheaton) and Chris Miller (R-Oakland) are all backing repeal efforts by introducing the Fetal Heartbeat measure and insisting that HB 3850 provides a pathway for late-term abortion procedures.

Illinois state Rep. Chris Miller (R-Oakland)

"Infants in the third trimester can feel pain and most can survive if born early," Halbrook was quoted on website. "Abortion in the third trimester is infanticide. What the Democratic majority approved this spring goes beyond even what passed in New York. It is imperative we repeal this horrific legislation."

"There is no question that an unborn child is a human being and we also know that these babies are capable of feeling pain, and the more developed the baby is the more this is especially true," Mille was quoted as saying. "A man in Minnesota was recently arrested for throwing a 5-year-old kid off of a third-story balcony at the Mall of America. It is horrifying to think of an adult throwing a small child off of a third-story balcony. Violence against children is unspeakably cruel and, yes, that includes abortion."

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Illinois State Representative Chris MillerIllinois State Representative Brad HalbrookIllinois State Representative Allen SkillicornIllinois State Representative Amy Grant

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