Two Rockford pregnancy centers and a physician are suing Governor Bruce Rauner (R-IL) after he signed a bill which forces doctors and medical facilities to provide abortion information even if they have moral objections to doing so.
Lawyers who filed the case named ‘The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford vs. Rauner’ contend the new law violates both the Illinois Constitution and federal law.
The law mandates that medical facilities and doctors provide women who seek an abortion to provide them with a list providers, something the Alliance for Defending Freedom claims violates state law because it places a burden on religious conscience without a compelling interest for doing so. They say the state Constitution also protects ‘liberty of conscience’.
“No state should attempt to rob women of the right to choose a pro-life doctor by forcing pro-life physicians and entities to make or arrange abortion referrals. What’s even worse is that Illinois did this by amending a law designed specifically to protect freedom of conscience,” said Alliance for Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Matt Bowman. “The governor should have vetoed this bill for many reasons, including its incompatibility with Illinois law and the state constitution, which specifically protects freedom of conscience and free speech.”
They say it also violates federal law, and could jeopardize federal funding including Medicare reimbursements.
The bill passed along party lines, with Democrats supporting and Republicans opposing it, and some did express surprise that Rauner, a Republican, signed it. In a statement to ‘Eyewitness News’ earlier this week, the Governor said he signed it because he has “never pushed a social agenda and remains committed to government, economic and education reforms that can turn around Illinois.”
The lawsuit was filed in Winnebago County Court.