State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1        AN ACT in relation to abortion.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 5.  The Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 is  amended
 5    by changing Section 1 as follows:

 6        (720 ILCS 510/1) (from Ch. 38, par. 81-21)
 7        Sec.  1.  Legislative intent.  It is the intention of the
 8    General Assembly of  the  State  of  Illinois  to  reasonably
 9    regulate  abortion  in  conformance with the decisions of the
10    United States Supreme Court of January 22, 1973.  Without  in
11    any  way  restricting  the right of privacy of a woman or the
12    right of a woman to an abortion under  those  decisions,  the
13    General Assembly of the State of Illinois do solemnly declare
14    and  find in reaffirmation of the longstanding policy of this
15    State, that the unborn child is a human being from  the  time
16    of  conception and is, therefore, a legal person for purposes
17    of the unborn child's right to life and is  entitled  to  the
18    right to life from conception under the laws and Constitution
19    of  this  State.  Further,  the  General  Assembly  finds and
20    declares that longstanding policy of this  State  to  protect
21    the  right  to  life  of  the unborn child from conception by
22    prohibiting abortion unless necessary to preserve the life of
23    the mother is impermissible only because of the decisions  of
24    the United States Supreme Court and that, therefore, if those
25    decisions  of  the  United  States  Supreme  Court  are  ever
26    reversed  or  modified  or  the United States Constitution is
27    amended to allow protection of the  unborn  then  the  former
28    policy  of  this State to prohibit abortions unless necessary
29    for  the  preservation  of  the  mother's   life   shall   be
30    reinstated.
31        It  is  the  further intention of the General Assembly to
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 1    assure and protect the woman's health and  the  integrity  of
 2    the  woman's  decision  whether  or not to continue to bear a
 3    child, to protect the valid and compelling state interest  in
 4    the  infant  and  unborn  child,  to  assure the integrity of
 5    marital and familial relations and the rights  and  interests
 6    of  persons  who participate in such relations, and to gather
 7    data for establishing criteria  for  medical  decisions.  The
 8    General  Assembly  finds  as  fact,  upon hearings and public
 9    disclosures, that these rights and interests are  not  secure
10    in  the  economic  and  social  context  in which abortion is
11    presently performed.
12    (Source: P.A. 81-1078.)

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