Skillicorn, GOP colleagues introduce Heartbeat Bill
Veteran state Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) is among a group of GOP lawmakers introducing House Bill 3850 that would repeal the Reproductive Health Act recently signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Known as the Heartbeat Bill, House Bill 3850 would create the Illinois Abortion Law of 2019 and include the provisions of the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 before its repeal, as well as provisions that define "viability" as including when the unborn child has a fetal heartbeat, and defines "fetal heartbeat" as the cardiac activity or the steady and repetitive rhythmic contraction of the fetal heart. It would also create the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2019 and the Abortion Performance Refusal Act of 2019, containing the provisions of both acts before their repeal, along with amending additional acts by restoring their original language.
Skillicorn is joined in his repeal efforts by state Reps. Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville), Amy Grant (R-Wheaton) and Chris Miller (R-Oakland).
“Many in our districts and in Illinois were shocked when they discovered that the Reproductive Health Act wasn’t just preserving abortion law in Illinois as it currently stood, which proponents repeatedly claimed, but advanced the most radical abortion law in our state’s history and the nation,” Skillicorn said in a press release. “It is now conceivable that a 14-year old girl lacking parental consent and advanced in her pregnancy could receive an abortion from a ‘health worker’ in a facility lacking minimum medical standards.”
Skillicorn’s 66th House District includes parts of Algonquin, Crystal Lake, East and West Dundee, Elgin, Gilberts, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Lakewood and Sleepy Hollow.