IL Freedom Caucus statement on blatant attack on the First Amendment rights of pro-life activists

May 11, 2023

Springfield, IL – The IL Freedom Caucus is issuing the following statement on the House approving a measure to give the Illinois Attorney General virtually unlimited authority to target crisis pregnancy centers.

“We hear a lot about protecting women, we keep using the word women in reference to this bill. How far should we go to protect women?
Should we protect young women in high school restrooms from intact males in that space? Should we protect women in collegiate athletics from having intact males in their dressing rooms?
We all agree women need to be protected, and we acknowledge that a woman that is born female and only a biological female can give birth. So, if we are going to talk about protecting the health and safety of women in one space, we need to stop ignoring that there is deception in other spaces which is a tremendous danger to women as well.
Senate Bill 1909 is nothing more than a power grab to give the Attorney General carte blanche authority to target organizations for any reason. Anyone – even people who have had no direct connection to a crisis pregnancy center – can lodge a complaint and essentially launch an investigation.
This legislation is not about protecting anyone but the monsters in our state who celebrate the brutal murder of innocent children as a ‘right.’ This bill is not only a violation of the First Amendment rights of those involved (mostly volunteers) at crisis pregnancy centers, but it also is an overt persecution of people whose only crime is disagreeing with the abortion death cult. Senate Bill 1909 will be challenged in court. It will be overturned, and we will continue to speak out against the extreme positions of the pro-abortion advocates in our state.”
The Illinois Freedom Caucus is comprised of State Representatives Chris Miller (R-Oakland), chairman; Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City), vice-chairman; Adam Niemerg (R-Dieterich); Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville); Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur); Jed Davis (R-Newark) and David Friess (R-Red Bud). The members of the Illinois Freedom Caucus are members of the Illinois General Assembly who are advocating for limited government, lower taxes and accountability and integrity in government.