Frances Jimenez wants to provide hope for women in Chicago. So she helps direct a pregnancy center, Aid for Women, to do just that – to provide women with the support they need in the face of an unplanned pregnancy.
But Illinois passed a law that would force her to refer for abortions and send women two doors down to the local Planned Parenthood clinic. This is against her beliefs and against the very mission of her pregnancy center.
“This law is such a violation of my conscience,” Frances says. “It’s really unthinkable because it really totally erases the whole reason why I’m here, the whole reason why Aid for Women is here.”
That’s why Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit on her behalf, asking that the state uphold the right of pro-life pregnancy centers to operate according to their beliefs.
No one should ever be forced into abortion advocacy by the state. Thankfully, an Illinois court has recognized this and halted enforcement of this law while the case continues. And earlier this year, in a parallel case, another federal court issued a similar ruling against the Illinois law.
But the battle is not over. ADF is challenging similar laws in California and Hawaii. And in the California case, ADF has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the right of pro-life pregnancy centers to operate consistently with their mission.
In a country founded on religious freedom and free speech, that really shouldn’t be too much to ask.