Rauner Signs Newly Updated Right-Of-Conscience Law

Rauner Signs Newly Updated Right-Of-Conscience Law

A doctor in Downers Grove and a pregnancy center in Rockford are suing to overturn Illinois’ newly updated right-of-conscience law. The governor just signed a law updating Illinois’ statute. No doctor is required to perform an abortion.

But a doctor — even one with moral or faith-based opposition to the practice — is required to refer a patient to a doctor who will.

The attorney for the obstetrician and pregnancy centers says that’s akin to participation. Advocates say the law ensures patients will receive all medically necessary information.