Democratic lawmakers in Illinois have introduced an abortion bill that will expand access and fulfill the governor’s promise to make Illinois “the most progressive state in the nation when it comes to standing up for women’s reproductive rights.”
If passed, minors will no longer have to have parental permission to obtain an abortion and parents/guardians won’t have to be notified if their child seeks one. It would also repeal the state’s partial birth abortion ban, requires private insurance companies to cover the procedure, and would allow advanced practice nurses to perform abortions.
And one line in the bill seemingly strikes down the notion of personhood by stating, “A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the laws of this State.”
The bill’s sponsor Kelly Cassidy said in a news release, “As a woman, a mother and someone who has been a longtime supporter of full access to reproductive care, from contraception, abortion, pregnancy and postpartum care, it is time to modernize and update these laws to reflect the equality of women in Illinois.”
“As a woman, mother and someone who has been a supporter of full access to reproductive care, from contraception, abortion, pregnancy and postpartum care, it's time to modernize and update these laws to reflect the equality of women in IL” @repkellycassidy https://t.co/YrYbHOcKVV
— Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (@TheDLCC) February 18, 2019
The Reproductive Health Act is expected to pass as Democrats have a super majority.