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Pritzker signs abortion protections into law

State Journal Register

Wednesday, June 12, 2019  |  Article  |  Doug Fink

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker Signed into law Wednesday the Reproductive Health Act which supporters said will guarantee abortion rights in Illinois should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.

 

Surrounded by dozens of lawmakers and abortion rights advocates, Pritzker signed the controversial legislation that he said will ensure that Illinois is “going to be there for women if they have to be refugees from other states.”

 

“In a time when too many states across the nation are taking a step backward, Illinois is taking a giant step forward for women’s health,” Pritzker said. “Today, we proudly proclaim that in this state, we trust women. And in Illinois, we guarantee as a fundamental right, a woman’s right to choose.”

 

Pritzker said the law simply codifies what was already case law in the state through a series of court decisions over the years.

 

However, pro-life groups that oppose the law said it goes far beyond that and have labeled the law “the nation’s most extreme abortion expansion.” The Susan B. Anthony List said the bill “is so radical (lawmakers) even went out of their way to repeal the state’s ban on barbaric partial-birth abortions. Americans of every political persuasion are appalled by these attempts to expand abortion on demand through the moment of birth and even infanticide...”

 

A number of states have passed laws recently restricting abortions rights. Pro-life groups hope the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that granted abortion rights to women.

 

In Illinois, fallout from passing the bill continued after the legislature adjourned. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Springfield Diocese issued a decree barring Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan from receiving communion in Springfield area churches because they allowed the abortion rights bill to come to a vote.

 

Contact Doug Finke: doug.finke@sj-r.com, 788-1527, twitter.com/dougfinkesjr.