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Anti-abortion medical providers to Winnebago County judge: Rights violated if required to hand out abortion information


1 and requires health care providers who specifically cite a conscience-based objection to abortion to have protocols in place for giving patients information about, or referrals to, other health care providers who will discuss or perform such medical services."This is not just a removal of a shield, but (is) a sword," said lawyer Matt Bowman, senior counsel with the conservative Christian legal firm Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the pro-life Pregnancy Care Center and others.The amendment was signed into law by Rauner on July 29. "The statute," argued Assistant Attorney General Sarah Newman, "is only triggered if the person asks for the information." Bowman is asking for a preliminary injunction preventing the state from penalizing all doctors and medical center staff — not just those involved in the lawsuit — who cite their objection to abortion as the reason for not providing such information or referrals.

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