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Unborn human beings are again under assault in Illinois from pending House Bill 2495 and Senate Bill 1942. Our Democratic state senators and representatives are almost certain to adopt the most dangerous abortion legislation in U.S. history. Worse, even, than New York’s, which didn’t seem possible a few weeks ago.

They and our new governor, former unborn humans all, will make Illinois the most abortion-friendly state among the fifty. Will anyone be surprised when newly born but “defective” babies become vulnerable, even though their deaths will not technically be abortions?

What happened to “safe, legal and rare,” the phrase adopted by Bill Clinton and others to imply a measure of regret when a pregnant woman seeks to hire an abortionist to kill her unborn child? Hillary Clinton has joined the modern move to go well beyond sorrow at the loss of young lives. (See Chris Carola’s article in The New York Times, Jan. 7, 2019.) I’ve often wondered why “rare” was included in the no longer popular mantra. Was it a concession that abortion takes a human life? Do “choice” advocates no longer care about that?

It can’t be true that all Democrats love abortion. Surely many voters who put them in position to widen the path to deliberately inflicted death are feeling queasy about what they have done. It’s not a love of abortion, they will say, but rather the love of the “right to choose,” with which there is no practical difference.

Lord, have mercy.

Thomas W. Shilgalis, Normal

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