Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has cited “science and data” to lock down the economy, close schools, shutter places of worship, and relegate people to their homes in the name of saving lives — all while shunning “science and data” that would protect the lives of the unborn.
Illinois has been shut down for nearly two months, causing businesses to fail and leaving more than 1 million people unemployed.
Pritzker has dismissed the legitimate concerns of mayors and other elected officials who have pushed back against Illinois’ stringent shutdown edict, saying, “What I don’t have sympathy for are those so intent on disregarding science and logic … that they are putting more people’s lives at risk. You weren’t elected to do what’s easy; you were elected to do what’s right.”
Rewind several months, and it becomes painfully clear that Pritzker — a man currently so enamored with “science and data” that he’s destroying the state’s economy and the livelihoods of its residents — conveniently cherry-picks the contexts in which science and data should be used to save lives.
This is, after all, the same governor who in June 2019 signed the Reproductive Health Act, which enshrined abortion as a “fundamental right” in Illinois and ensured a “fertilized egg, embryo or fetus does not have independent rights.” By signing the legislation, Pritzker showed he’s willing to ignore the science and data that don’t fit his political ideology.
Scientific and technologic advancements in the fields of embryology and neonatology have made clear to laypeople what pro-life leaders have been saying for decades: A fertilized egg, complete with its unique and distinct set of DNA from the moment of conception, is a human being.
Amazingly clear 3D ultrasounds now allow parents to see their babies in stunning detail at a very early gestational age. Advancements in prenatal surgery are enabling doctors to operate on babies in utero. Devastating prenatal diagnoses such as spina bifida — diagnoses that in the past have led to abortions — can now be repaired before a baby is born.
Furthermore, babies born prematurely are surviving at earlier ages than ever. When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in 1973, the earliest age at which a premature baby could survive outside the womb was estimated to be about 28 weeks. Now, premature babies are born as early as 21 weeks and not only survive, but go on to live healthy, normal lives.
Every day, Pritzker stands at a podium and calls on Illinoisans to make tremendous sacrifices to protect human lives. Yet he allows — and signed legislation to encourage — the daily killing of hundreds of innocent children in Illinois via abortion.
If there were any doubt about his priorities during the coronavirus crisis, consider this: In the midst of Illinois’ economic shutdown, he allowed a brand new Planned Parenthood facility to open in suburban Chicago.
When Pritzker announced Illinois’ initial stay-at-home order back in March, he said, “To avoid the loss of potentially tens of thousands of lives, we must enact an immediate stay-at-home order for the state of Illinois.”
In 2018 alone, 42,441 unborn babies were killed via abortion in Illinois. Those unborn babies — those children, those lives — were just as deserving of rights, protection, and care as any person fighting for his or her life in a Covid-19 hospital ward.
Pritzker touts “science and data” as our way out of this crisis, but he and those who share his political ideology are complicit in ending more lives than the novel coronavirus ever will.