Both chambers of the Illinois Legislature have passed and sent to Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) a "reproductive rights" legislative package, further expanding the state's permissive abortion laws.
Included is Senate Bill 1909, which would allow "any aggrieved party" to sue pregnancy resource centers under the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act if they engage in what is considered "deceptive acts or practices."
As Live Action News explains, the attorney general's office can look into the pro-life centers without any complaints filed, or individuals can sue for "deception."
Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League tells AFN the goal is to intimidate and silence the pro-life opposition, even sidewalk counselors who are trying to help abortion-minded women choose life for their babies.
"The bill leaves it up to our pro-abortion attorney general to decide whether or not we are engaging in misinformation or disinformation, or possibly about to engage in misinformation or disinformation, and then slap a $50,000 fine onto anybody who they decide is saying things about abortion that they don't like," Scheidler details.
He anticipates that Planned Parenthood types will infiltrate pro-life facilities to provoke them into making statements against abortion and then lodge a complaint.
"It is designed to allow anybody to go after the pregnancy centers," Scheidler reiterates. "That means that operatives from the abortion industry will be using this law to try to basically silence the competition, those who are competing for the lives of these children."
But his organization plans to fight it in every way, including with lawsuits if necessary, because "we want to offer real help to these moms," he says. "We want to offer the chance of life to these children."
And Scheidler expects to win.