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Bishop R. Daniel Conlon's Statement

Statement of Bishop R. Daniel Conlon Regarding Passage of Illinois Senate Bill 25

Statement of Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, Diocese of Joliet 
Regarding Passage of Illinois Senate Bill 25

The misnamed “Reproductive Health Act”, Senate Bill 25, is a horrific piece of legislation that will lead to more children dying through the violent act of abortion, even at a point when they are able to survive outside the womb. Science indicates that life begins at conception, and to deny the life of certain human beings at young ages is an attack on human rights. No person’s life should be in jeopardy simply based upon his or her age. Only in the womb do our laws allow some humans to be accorded the full rights of personhood and some not.

Additionally, this legislation is not in the best interest of women as it removes abortion clinics from regulations for serious medical procedures. The Church is committed to upholding the dignity of women but does not believe that abortion is a solution when challenging situations arise. Rather, working towards a society where both mother and child are cared for is the true path of justice and compassion.

I am aware that some of the legislators who voted in favor of this legislation believe that it violates their own conscience. Yet, for them party loyalty, even on such a weighty moral issue, has seemingly trumped conscience.

Abortion is an illogical and inconsistent policy for anyone who stands for human rights. To allow one person to decide whether another person lives or dies is even more capricious than the death penalty or war.

Ironically. as Illinois expands the legal and even constitutional right to abortion, many of its neighboring states have moved to restrict abortion. Clearly, we are a divided society on this issue. The Catholic Church stakes its position on the ultimate belief that God creates every human person and endows each of them with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.



Illinois Bishops Warn Against Extreme Abortion Legislation

Read Illinois Bishops' Statement here.


Horrific anti-life legislation has been entered in Illinois!

Unborn Children & Their Families Need You.


Bishop Conlon's Audio Message for Masses:

Listen in English

Listen in Spanish


Press Conference of the Illinois Bishops can be viewed here.

Prayer: Please pray for the safety of the unborn and their families, and the conversion of hearts for all elected officials so that they might advocate for life. Ask the Lord how He is calling you to pray, fast and act.


Action Part 1: Call and email House and Senate lawmakers urge them to vote "no" on House Bills 2467, Senate Bill 1594, House Bill 2495 & Senate Bill 1942. Work to spread the action alert at your parish, among your family and friends. 


                                                                        Action Alert:  

Abortion Legislation has entered the Illinois Legislature. Four dangerous bills were filed on February 13th.

House Bill 2467 & Senate Bill 1594:

  • Repeals Illinois Parental Notification of Abortion Act

This current law requires a parent or legal guardian be notified when a minor seeks an abortion. It includes a waiver for children who have been physically or sexually abused. The law was passed in 1995 but not implemented until 2013, when the Illinois Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in favor of it. 

House Bill 2495 & Senate Bill 1942:

  • Repeal the current state ban on partial-birth abortions.
  • Defines abortion as a fundamental right.
  • Removes abortion clinics from regulations for serious medical procedures.
  • Removes the requirement that only doctors can perform abortions.

Use the pre-composed emails to contact your state House and Senate lawmakers and urge them to vote "no" on HB 2467, SB 1594, HB 2495 & SB 1942.



Action Part 2: Spread the Word at your local parish. Encourage parishioners to engage in the Action Alert, share the Bishops' Statement, and use the bulletin inserts below.


            BULLETIN INSERTS are available in ENGLISH, SPANISH, and POLISH


Action Part 3: Over 500 people from the Joliet Diocese joined Bishop R. Daniel Conlon in Springfield for Life Advocacy Day on April 3. To view Catholic Conference of Illinois video of the day click here. Call us at (815) 221-6254 with ways the Holy Spirit may inspire you.


If you or someone you know if suffering after an abortion, confidential help is available by calling 888-456-HOPE.

Visit hopeafterabortion.com to learn more.