Throughout my legislative career, I have tried to stay true to what I believe in and bring the collective voice of my constituents to Springfield. It's my job to represent your best interests and join you in fighting for our rights when they are threatened.
In the first two months of 2017, women from Illinois and all across the country have come together in unprecedented numbers to deliver a loud and clear message to our new President - DON'T TREAD ON ME!
I was proud to join millions of women who gathered in downtown Chicago and other cities in a massive demonstration for women's rights and civil rights last month. These Rights have been under attack in a variety of direct and indirect threats by the Trump Administration.
Among the most frightening is the threat to take away a woman's right to choose. Fortunately, we are fighting back by taking steps in Illinois to keep abortion safe, legal and accessible regardless of potential federal efforts to overturn
Roe v. Wade.
House Bill 40, which protects that right by striking the dangerous "trigger" language in the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975, advanced out of a House committee this month after more than 8,000 people signed on in support.
The bill also removes discriminatory provisions from Illinois law that denies insurance coverage for State Employee Health Insurance as well as women who are insured by Medicaid.
If passed, Illinois would join more than a dozen other states that provide women with health assistance funds that cover the full range of reproductive related care including abortion care.
After repeated threats from the White House and President Trump's remarks to strip abortion rights from women, this legislation is necessary to safeguard a woman's right to make decisions that affect her personal health in Illinois and I am proud to lead the legislative effort in Springfield.
BUDGET ADDRESS RESPONSE
The governor delivered his budget address and once again failed to perform his constitutionally mandated responsibility of delivering a balanced budget. Watch my response to his speech