The Illinois Senate passes the Reproductive Health Act

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Governor J.B. Pritzker hugged and congratulated sponsors of legislation to protect abortion rights in Illinois after the Senate approved the plan 34-20.

The Democratic governor has pledged to sign the bill sent to him Friday night. It makes Illinois’ abortion law among the nation’s most sweeping in response to action in at least six Republican-controlled states in recent weeks that sharply restricts access to the procedure.

Illinois is making history, because our state will now be the most progressive in the nation for reproductive healthcare. In Illinois, we trust women to make the most personal and fundamental decisions of their lives and now, that will be the law of the land, even as it’s under threat in other states. This progress is only possible thanks to the fierce advocacy of leaders like Representative Kelly Cassidy, Senator Melinda Bush and countless advocates and groups around the state, and I look forward to joining them to sign this bill.  

Governor J.B. Pritzker 

The measure sponsored by Grayslake Democratic Sen. Melinda Bush would rescind prohibitions on some late-term abortions and 45-year-old criminal penalties for performing the procedure.

The restrictions adopted after the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion have never been enforced Illinois because of court injunctions.

Republicans and others opposed to abortion rights have worked furiously against it. They staged a rally in March that stuffed 4,000 protesters into the Capitol.

State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) released the following statement after his “no” vote on Senate Bill 25:

Advocates of Senate Bill 25 have inaccurately described the legislation as little more than a technical clean-up of existing laws regulating abortions in Illinois. However, this proposal represents a radical shift in public policy that will legalize abortions at any point during pregnancy for any reason, including partial-birth abortions. I am opposed. 

Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington)

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