Time for Action: 
Reproductive Rights
April 20, 2017

FROM:
         Mary Kubasak, President
         Jean Pierce and Hilary Denk, Co-Chairs Issues Committee
          Janet Craft and Margaret O'Hara Issues Specialists
 
RE: Reproductive Rights:  SUPPORT HB40    
                   
ACTION NEEDED:
On April 14, 2017 Governor Bruce Rauner's office announced that, if passed, he would veto HB40.  
Please call Governor Rauner's office in Chicago at 312-814-2121 or Springfield at 217-782-0244, and ask him to reconsider his position and support HB40.
 
WHY IT MATTERS:
HB40 repeals a trigger provision in the 1975 Illinois Abortion Law that states if the decision in Roe v Wade is either overturned or modified by the Supreme Court of the United States, Illinois will revert back to the pre-Roe law that made abortion an illegal criminal act.  The removal of this trigger insures that women's healthcare decisions will be protected in Illinois regardless of any Supreme Court decision.
 
This bill also allows women covered by Medicaid and the State Employees Health Insurance to have coverage for abortion care.  Like all other women in Illinois, these two groups of women have a right to make their personal health care decisions.


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