Action Alert
Urge Governor Rauner to protect reproductive health care in Illinois!

House Bill 40 affirms our state’s commitment to ensuring access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion. Without the protections guaranteed by this bill, Illinois law could revert back to pre-Roe days when abortion was criminalized. Also, this bill ensures that women who depend on Medicaid and State Employee Health Insurance have abortion coverage. A woman must be able to consider all options, regardless of how much money she makes, where she lives, or where she gets her health insurance.

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Bruce Rauner (R-IL), Governor
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As an Illinois resident concerned with threats to reproductive health care access, I write to urge you to sign into law a measure that will reaffirm the State of Illinois' commitment to ensuring access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion, for all women in the state.

Please sign House Bill 40 when it comes to your desk.

House Bill 40 repeals dangerous "trigger" language from the Illinois abortion law and affirms that Illinois has no intention of ever going back to the pre-Roe days of illegal abortion. When Illinois passed the Illinois Abortion Law in 1975, it included what is known as "trigger" language, which states that it is the intention of the Illinois General Assembly to revert to pre-Roe, criminal abortion laws if the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturns Roe v. Wade. By removing this provision, women's health care will be protected in Illinois, regardless of what happens to the Supreme Court in a Trump administration. There is simply too much risk in keeping the "trigger" language in our statute.

HB 40 also removes discriminatory provisions from Illinois law that deny insurance coverage of abortion to many women who depend on Medicaid and State Employee Health Insurance. Every woman, regardless of whether she has private or government-funded health insurance, should have affordable and comprehensive health coverage including coverage for abortion care.

When it comes to the most important decisions in life, like whether to become a parent, it is vital that a woman is able to consider all the options available to her. It is not up to lawmakers to interfere with her decision by withholding coverage. HB 40 is common sense policy that supports a woman's personal health care decisions.
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