"It sends a message to everyone in our state that life is cheap," the conference said.
In his statement, Cardinal Cupich said the Church's long history of serving women in need has shown how bright the future can be for women and their children when they receive the support of a welcoming community.
"Catholic Charities and its partners serve hundreds of young women and developing families every year," he said. "They nurture the mother and therefore the baby by providing classes in health and child development. They encourage the new families toward independence by providing childcare and making referrals for education, housing and employment."
Cupich said the archdiocese and its ministries will work to let women know that they have alternatives to abortion when they are facing difficult pregnancies.
"Women have a real choice when they are given the support they need to bring their children into the world and parent them, supported by a society that truly values them," he said. "We will give that support to all who seek it in the hope that by offering them a choice, we will build stronger families and a better Illinois."
Correction June 5, 2019: This article incorrectly stated that the Illinois abortion bill allowed non-physicians to perform abortions, removed conscience protections for health care personnel who object to abortion, and repealed parental notification requirements for minors receiving abortions. These provisions were not included in the final version of the bill that passed the Illinois Senate.