Defeat of Illinois House Bill 2354/6205 (“Illinois FOCA”)
An abortion industry special interest bill known as the Reproductive Health and Access Act was introduced in the Illinois General Assembly in both 2009 (HB 2354) and 2010 (HB 6205). Dubbed “Illinois FOCA” for its similarity to the federal Freedom of Choice Act, the bill would have repealed parental notice for minors undergoing abortions, introduced limits on liability for abortion providers who harm women, expanded taxpayer funding for abortion, and repealed conscience protections for healthcare professionals who do not wish to be complicit in the practice of abortion.
ICE-PAC participated in a statewide effort to defeat this bill. We delivered this letter to every member of the Illinois General Assembly on March 18, 2009 as they began deliberations on the bill. Ultimately, in both the 2009 and 2010 legislative sessions, the bill was not called for a vote due to lack of support.