Illinois Abortion Referral Mandate Halted by Pregnancy Center Injunction Victory


ROCKFORD, Ill— On Tuesday the Circuit Court of Winnebago County granted Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford a preliminary injunction against a new law that forces pro-life healthcare professionals to make or aid in abortion referrals. This will temporarily halt SB 1564 from being applied to the pregnancy care centers who are plaintiffs in the suit.

Mauck & Baker attorney Noel W. Sterett, who is serving as local counsel in the case said, “The Court was right. Illinois has singled out only those who conscientiously object to providing abortions as those who must carry the State’s message about abortion.” In its nineteen-page order issued today, the state court noted that Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford raised sufficient questions as to whether the new law is either legal or constitutional as applied to pro-life doctors and pregnancy care centers. For example, the ruling states: "Why must the State, which licenses and regulates those who provide the objected-to services, rely on the very people who object to the services to be the source of information about them?"

The following quote may be attributed to Matt Bowman, who is senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom and lead counsel on the case, “Forcing pro-life doctors and pregnancy care centers in Illinois to operate as referral agents for the abortion industry in violation of their freedom of conscience is unconstitutional, illegal, and unethical. No state has the authority to compel health professionals, against their will and their sacred oath to “do no harm,” to promote abortion. We commend the court’s ruling which is a victory for free speech and the freedom of conscience”

Mauck & Baker LLC attorney Noel Sterett is one of more than 3,100 private attorneys allied with Alliance Defending Freedom.


Order of the state court granting preliminary injunction

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