Illinois Democrats Use “Poison-Pill” to Foil Passage of Forced Ultrasound Bill

Democrats in the Illinois House have found an ingenious way to foil passage of a forced ultrasound bill.

Poison-pill amendments.

A poison-pill, an amendment or rule in an agreement usually meant to negate an entire deal, is often used in contract negotiations.  Now lawmakers are using the tactic on the legislative floor.

According to

The amendments approved in committee would: tighten regulations on who can perform ultrasounds; require disclosure of the cost of the ultrasound; extend the ultrasound requirement to dozens of other medical procedures; tie insurance coverage of erectile dysfunction medication to that of birth control pills; and require counseling for men seeking treatment for erectile dysfunction.

The original sponsor of the bill, State Rep. Joe Lyons, needless to say is unhappy with what he calls these “hostile amendments.” 

“If you want to kill my bill, kill it on the House floor,” said Lyons.

“Men’s Health” protest laws have been popping up all over the country, requiring exams for erectile drugs, vasectomy disclosures and so on, but this appears to be the first time a proposal has been used to actively attack anti-choice legislation.  Here’s hoping it’s the first of many.

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  • coralsea

    As a life-time resident of Illinois, I was very distressed when I initially read about this proposal.   Illinois has some issues, but at least our politicians have been pretty good about avoiding the madness that has been going on in other states re: abortion, contraception, domestic violence, and other women’s health (and really, everyone’s health) issues.  Bravo to our Democrats in the General Assembly!   I’m glad they had the gumption to put forth amendments that could show those who (totally) lack empathy what it would be like if they had to undergo this type of very personal intrusion. 


    And thank you, RHrealitycheck, for keeping all of us up-to-date on these ridiculous attacks.  I must say, there have been times in the last year when I have felt like I have stumbled on a humor site, posting preposterous stories, only to realize that this type of insanity is actually playing out in real life.  We must all remember what some of these elected officials (I can’t say “men,” because some women are also pushing this doo-doo, and there are plenty of men who are totally appalled at what has been happening) have been trying to do when the November elections roll around.  I know that I sure will.