Several religious, anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers are suing Illinois over a recent amendment to the state's Health Care Right of Conscience law.
The federal suit was filed in Rockford by the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, Tri-County Crisis Pregnancy Center, The Life Center Inc., Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers and Dr. Tina Gingrich with the Maryville Women's Center.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the amendment in July. Under the measure, which takes effect in January, health care providers with "conscience-based objections" to providing certain services, like abortion, have to inform patients where they can obtain such services. The measure's supporters say it protects a provider's "right of conscience," while also ensuring patients have full access to medical information.
But the centers, which are located in northern Illinois, argue that the law infringes on the freedom of speech and religious rights of their workers.
"The government shouldn't be putting messages in people's mouths," the plaintiffs' attorney Noel Sterett stated, according to the Rockford Register Star.