Now more than ever, Illinois lawmakers need to stand up for abortion rights

It was a different era back in early March when I last wrote in favor of the Reproductive Health Act, a pair of legislative initiatives in Springfield aimed at enshrining and strengthening abortion rights in Illinois.

Abortion was a simmering issue then, in part because the addition of two conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court had put in doubt the future of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right in most cases. And in part because the administration of President Donald Trump had just moved to block federal funding of women’s health centers that “provide, promote, refer for or support abortion,” even if none of those funds went to abortion services.

The companion proposals in Illinois — House Bill 2495 and Senate Bill 1594 — were languishing in committee as the administration of new Gov. J.B. Pritzker put its energy into other agenda items.

Then came the ferocious onslaught of anti-abortion bills in other states that has brought the issue to a full national boil:


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via Opinion – Chicago Tribune

May 21, 2019 at 03:36PM

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