In light of the passing of an Illinois bill that openly repeals the state’s ban on partial-birth abortion, a local pastor has gone before the State House to rebuke the state for its sins.
What does the new law say?
The “Reproductive Health Act” permits abortions up to nine months and also requires insurance companies to provide coverage. Many have interpreted the bill as even more extreme than the New York “late-term” abortion provision that was passed at the start of the year, which many coined as unadulterated “infanticide.”
In addition to the late-term allowance, the Illinois bill also provides no abortion coverage exemptions for churches, religious nonprofits, or pro-life individuals and small business owners.
What did the pastor say?
Speaking before the Senate House, and utterly disgusted by the new law,
Pastor Corey Musgrave, of the New Beginnings Church in Fairfield, did not hold back.
“God, we have made our appeals to the leaders of Illinois this week on behalf of those innocent babies who do not yet have a voice,” he declared. “We have been a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves as You have commanded us. Those appeals were denied, but we have one final appeal left and that is to the courts of Heaven.”
Musgrave continued: “God Almighty, I make an appeal to Heaven today, to You the perfect judge, the One who presides over Heaven’s court. I ask you to rise up, oh God, and judge Illinois for the sanctioned destruction of the innocent unborn.”
“When Your judgements are in this state,” Musgrave said, “the inhabitants of Illinois learn righteousness.”
The pastor went on to pray that “justice would roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty river,” referncing Amos 5:24.
“In Your judgement I pray that You would remember mercy for we know that You, oh God, do not want anyone to be destroyed,” he said. “I ask this in the name of Your son, the one who died for a sinner like me, the one who was appointed to judge the living and the dead. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.”
In a statement after the law was passed, Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said that Democratic lawmakers were “eliminating all protections for unborn children,” and “allowing infanticide.”
“This has nothing to do with health care,” Staver added. “This a crime against humanity.”