abortion

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Health-care providers in northern Illinois who object to abortion are asking for a preliminary injunction against a state law that requires them to provide information or referrals to patients seeking the procedure. The Rockford Register Star reports that the group filed a lawsuit against Gov. Bruce Rauner and other state officials in August after the law was amended in July. The group is asking for a preliminary injunction to preventing the state from penalizing doctors and medical center...

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Several northern Illinois crisis pregnancy centers are suing the governor over an amendment to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act. The provision requires health care providers disseminate information about abortion to women that ask about the procedure, even if they have a "conscience-based objection.” The Rockford Register-Star reports the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Rockford, seeks to prevent the state from enforcing the provision or penalizing those who violate it. T he...

A Rockford pregnancy center and Downers Grove doctor are suing to overturn the newly updated Illinois right-of-conscience law. Right-of-conscience laws come into play when medical providers' obligations to provide treatment conflict with their personal beliefs. The governor just signed a law updating the Illinois statute. No doctor is required to perform an abortion, but a physician -- even one with moral or faith-based opposition to the practice -- now is required to refer a patient to a...

A licensed practical nurse is suing the Winnebago County Health Department over allegedly violating her religious conscience.

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Wisconsin may ban research on aborted fetal tissue. A bill moving through the legislature would outlaw selling, donating, and experimenting with fetal body parts in Wisconsin. Republican lawmakers behind the measure say it wouldn’t affect current research using existing cell lines. The Wisconsin Assembly’s criminal justice committee held a hearing Tuesday: supporters say they hope to have the votes lined up to pass the ban as early as next month. Biotech companies and the Wisconsin Medical...

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