I came home from work today to this story. I now truly believe the insanity virus has hit Illinois. This is the part of the story that is the craziest.. "The two measures call for more regulations on centers that perform abortions — including requiring doctors to ask if the patient wants to see an ultrasound and additional building regulations on the actual clinics — were passed overwhelmingly in the Agricultural Committee." http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-bc-il-xgr--abortionrestrictions,0,7613145.story Yes. In Illinois women have now been religated to the status of livestock. Even as we are still fighting for our equal rights as human beings.
IL House panel approves anti-abortion measures, including bill on ultrasounds before abortion
The bills are HB4085, HB4117.
SHANNON MCFARLAND Associated Press
10:00 p.m. CST, February 21, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois women who want to get abortions might be required to either view an ultrasound before the procedure or decline to do so in writing, under proposals that passed an Illinois House committee Tuesday.
The two measures call for more regulations on centers that perform abortions — including requiring doctors to ask if the patient wants to see an ultrasound and additional building regulations on the actual clinics — were passed overwhelmingly in the Agricultural Committee. They head to the House floor for debate.
Supporters of the bills say clinics should be regulated more strictly to protect women's health and that viewing an ultrasound picture of a fetus would help women make informed decisions. Dawn Behnke, executive director of Illinois Federation of Right to Life, said the clinics should meet the tougher standards "to protect women."
But opponents disagreed.
The Illinois Department of Public Health opposes the additional clinic regulations, calling them "misguided" and medically unnecessary.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and abortion rights advocates said debating women's health issues in a committee that typically deals with farms was insulting. Some wore T-shirts bearing the message "Women are not livestock" to the hearing.
The legislation sponsored by state Democratic Rep. Thomas Morrison of Palatine would reclassify clinics that perform 50 abortions or more every year under regulations for certain outpatient surgery centers. The clinics would have to comply with the new standards by 2016.
State Rep. Joseph Lyons, D-Chicago, sponsored the bill that would require medical professionals to ask if a patient wants to see the ultrasound before an abortion, if an ultrasound was performed.
"The ultrasound would reveal the unborn baby before the abortion is performed," said Lyons. Under the legislation, women would have to fill out a form declining to see the ultrasound.
Rep. Deborah Mell, a Chicago Democrat, was one of the two members voting against the bills and criticized the assignment to a committee that generally handles farming issues.
"We're not talking about abortions for cows and pigs, right? We're talking about women?" she said.
The Agriculture Committee is dominated by downstate conservatives, and by assigning the bills there Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan assured the measures would be heard by sympathetic legislators.
Current regulations for abortion clinics are tailored to the procedures they offer, according to David Carvalho, a director at the public health department. He said there are about 20 differences between the two standards.
That includes requiring changes to regulate that corridors in the clinics to be eight feet, rather than the current five feet standard and having electrical outlets on every wall.
Carvalho said under both standards, the state does an initial inspection when a facility opens and additional inspections only if there is a complaint. Failure to comply with current regulations forced two Illinois abortion clinics to close earlier this year.