Thursday, May 4, 2023

Abortion Update in Danville Illinois

I would like to begin this post by sharing some information. If you haven't already heard, the City of Danville voted an ordinance into place that could potentially affect an abortion clinic from relocating to Danville from Indiana. Here are a few of the news articles:

Image Via WAND TV

First, From Vermilion County First:  

Mayor Williams Breaks 7-7 Tie; Abortion Resolution Passes; Legalities Promised

STATEMENT: Personal PAC Condemns Danville Passage of Anti-Abortion Ordinance

Senator Faraci Urges Attorney General to Take Swift Action Against Danville Council Vote

Mayor Williams Says Nothing is Stopping Clinic from Moving In; and Hopefully Resolution Will Get the “Ruling” it Needs

Attorney General Raoul: Symbolic Danville Ordinance Not in Effect; Will Not Take Effect

From WCIA:

Danville abortion ordinance passes despite legal concerns 

Danville mayor ‘not afraid of any lawsuits’ after governor, attorney general push back against abortion ordinance


State leaders react to Danville's push for abortion ban ordinance

There are several more that I could share, but I think that these will give the gist of what is going on. I also want to share a couple of other items. Here is the tweet from the Attorney General of Illinois:

And here is the tweet from our fabulous Governor.

My Co-Pastor, Paul Fuller also shared this insight (on Facebook) regarding misconceptions: 

One of the misunderstandings about this Danville abortion-related ordinance is that it would ban the shipping or receiving of medicines used in abortions that have other uses that are not destructive but helpful. That simply is not the case. The ban is against shipping and receiving the meds ꜰᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴜʀᴘᴏꜱᴇ ᴏꜰ ᴀʙᴏʀᴛɪᴏɴ. 

The second and related misconception is that it would still involve inspecting the mail or hindering pharmacies. However, the ordinance, once it would be enacted, would allow ordinance inspectors to investigate abortuaries for violations and could consequently issue ordinance violations.

A third misconception is that people at those facilities would be arrested and “carted off.” That’s simply not how ordinance violations are handled.

I am genuinely interested in what is going to come from this. 

I am also genuinely heartbroken over the ones who have chosen the other side of this debate. 

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