An urgent message from Fr James — IL is trying to close Waterleaf
This is urgent. As you may know I’m the spiritual director at Waterleaf Women’s Center. Our state government is seeking to ELIMINATE pregnancy resource centers that don’t perform abortions! I ask you to PLEASE fill out a witness slip at the link below so that our local government can know that we want women to have access to the free, compassionate, and caring assistance they need so that they can be free to choose life rather than feeling like abortion is the only option.
Here are further details on the bill:
We need your help! The Illinois House and Senate have introduced identical unconstitutional bills HB2463 and SB1909 designed to force us to cooperate in some way with abortions or referrals for abortions. Here is a summary…
The bill targets the services provided by pregnancy help centers and sidewalk counselors by making them civilly liable for engaging in “deceptive acts or practice” for any concealment, suppression, or omission of a “material fact.” (material fact is not defined)
Doing so imposes government-compelled speech and suppresses conscience rights and religious freedom, all of which are in violation of the Constitution.
The Illinois Attorney General would have the authority to initiate a complaint against a pregnancy help center if it is “in the public interest.” In other words, an investigation does not necessarily need to be based on any specific complaint.
The Attorney General would also be able to request a court order to “impound” all the records of the center while the investigation continues. An investigation could go on endlessly, forcing the center to eventually close.
If a center is found to be in violation of the Act, penalties include injunctions and civil penalties up to $50,000. VIEW the rest of the message https://ourladyofmercyaurora.flocknote.com/everyone/note/20563771
Witness Slip Form