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Illinois’s Governor Expected to Sign Extreme Abortion Bill into Law

Illinois have voted to pass the Reproductive Health Act and is regarded as the most extreme of it’s kind in the country. The bill will repel a ban of partial-birth abortions, and will compel health care providers to provide abortion cover. The Bill also removes the Abortion Performance Refusal  Act, and provides financial penalties against individuals who refuse to recommend, perform or aid in providing an abortion. The wording of the bill explicitly states that the unborn child has no independent rights.

Illinois’s Governor tweeted, “Illinois is making history, because our state will now be the most progressive in the nation for reproductive health care.”

However the bill has met with widespread condemnation amongst pro-life campaigners.

Read More: Daily Wire

Chicago Nuns sue strip club

A determined convent of nuns in  Chicago have filed suit against a strip club they say plays disturbing music while they try to pray.

The nuns of St. Charles have named Club Allure Chicago and the village of Stone Park in their suit which was filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.

According to the suit, the sisters have seen “public violence, drunkenness and litter, including empty whiskey and beer bottles, discarded contraceptive packages and products and even used condoms,”.  The lawsuit also mentions the “pulsating and rhythmic staccato-beat noise and flashing neon and or strobe lights” that disturb the nuns.

“Our sisters’ sacred space has been invaded,” according to Sister Noemia Silva. “At night now they hear the music when they’re praying. That’s uncalled for.”

According to attorney Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based public interest law firm representing the convent, the sisters have a right to pray and work peacefully without interference.

However the Stone Park Village Attorney Dean Krone states that the village has acted legally and reasonably and the club manager, Robert Itzkow says that the nuns are not being very neighborly.  In speaking with WMAQ-TV he states “We spent an awful lot of money to make sure that this kind of thing would not occur,”… “The whole thing is just a question of `we don’t like you; you don’t conform to our religious beliefs.”‘

Itzkow stated the club’s dancers “aren’t monsters. They’re daughters; they’re mothers, and some of them are Catholics too.”



The Dalai Lama, visiting the Jaipur region near New Delhi in India, has asked that mercy be shown in the case of the men accused of last month’s brutal gang rape and murder of a woman on a bus in New Delhi.

The Tibetan leader has been a steadfast opponent of the death penalty, which contradicts the Buddhist philosophy of nonviolence.

In July 2011, the Dalai Lama, then 76 years old, traveled to Chicago, where he praised Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn for abolishing the death penalty in his state.

The Delhi rape case has sparked debate over the Indian legal system, and public anger has been directed at officials in a city informally christened India’s “rape capital,” according to Reuters.

Illinois Attorney General joins in the fight for gay marriage

In a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a ban on same sex marriage Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) has officially sided with the plaintiffs’.  After Cook County refused to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, a group of couples came together to file a lawsuit against Cook County. Madigan has filed papers joining the lawsuit.

Madigan, as attorney general, is meant to uphold the state law. By denouncing the state’s law it begs to question, who will be arguing on behalf of the law? As in the case of Proposition 8 in California, when Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) opposed the state’s constitution to legalise same-sex marriage (despite a state referendum upholding Proposition 8), are we again seeing one individual using their position to change the definition of marriage for all?

In California the legality of Proposition 8 was upheld, there were those in place who could oppose Jerry Brown’s plan. However, in Illinois there is no credible force to fight for marriage. The state’s legislature is controlled by democrats, who overwhelmingly support same-sex marriage, and the Speaker of the House is Michael Madigan, Lisa Madigan’s father.

The details of the case are taken from MetroWeekly:

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) will be joining Lambda Legal and the ACLU in arguing that Illinois’s civil unions law does not meet the state’s constitutional guarantees of equal protection, raising the question of what the Cook County clerk of courts — the named defendant — will do in its response to the lawsuits.

The move came just two days after Lambda Legal and the ACLU each filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the civil union law.

In a pair of June 1 filings in Darby v. Orr and Lazaro v. Orr, which were reviewed by Metro Weekly, the attorney general’s office has requested to intervene in the cases, which it says is appropriate because state law permits a court to allow the state to intervene when the validity of a state law is at issue. The Attorney General’s Office is not requesting to intervene to defend the laws, however, which is the usual reason for such intervention.

In the requests, Madigan writes, “Petitioner respectfully requests the right to intervene in this case to present the Court with arguments that explain why the challenged statutory provisions do not satisfy the guarantee of equality under the Illinois Constitution.”

On June 25, the Attorney General’s Office will make the request to intervene in Darby, which was brought by Lambda Legal. On June 26, the office will make the intervention request in Lazaro, which was brought by the ACLU.

The move sets up the unusual question of who will be defending the law in the lawsuits. Although the named defendant is Cook County Clerk of Courts David Orr (D) (who is represented in legal challenges by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez (D)), Madigan is the chief legal officer of the state and her view that the state law is unconstitutional is significant.