The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran a story about the bill that would force facilities that provide abortions –even non-surgical– to build the functional equivalent of a small hospital, which is being sent through the Agriculture Committee. Last year, a similar bill passed through the Agriculture Committee and onto the House floor, where it was defeated. The ACLU will be present at the hearing again this year, with our "Women are Not Livestock" campaign, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 21st.
The American Civil Liberties Union called attention to the committee assignment of last year's bill by distributing material showing a cow, with the slogan: "Women Are Not Livestock." The group is reviving that strategy this time, with an emailed statement to reporters today entitled: "Women (still) are not livestock."
"We heard the debate in the Agricultural Committee last year," Colleen K. Connell, executive director of the ACLU of Illinois, says in the statement. "Those legislators know a lot about livestock, crops and salt licks. They do not know women's health.