Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich said the Illinois Senate’s passage of a bill “eliminating even minimal limitations on abortions under previous law marks a sad moment in our history as a state”.
“We have worked to make the case for a consistent approach to human dignity in Illinois and will continue to do so even as elected officials single out unborn persons for particular disregard,” he said.
“It remains our hope that Illinois will eventually distinguish itself as a safe place that welcomes not only those seeking a new life or second chance, but also the most vulnerable among us who deserve a chance at life,” he added.
Close to midnight on 31st May in a 34-20 vote, the Senate passed the “misnamed ‘Reproductive Health Act,'” as the state’s Catholic bishops referred to it. The state House okayed it on 28th May in a 64-50 vote. The measure has now headed to the desk of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who pledged to sign it.
Before and after the House vote and before the Senate vote, Cardinal Cupich, the bishops of Illinois’ five other dioceses and the Catholic Conference of Illinois decried the measure, calling it flawed and saying lawmakers rushed to get it passed before the end of the legislative session.
Picture: Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, pictured in an 18th January 2015, photo. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World).