Abortion: When “Most Progressive” Means “Most Extreme”

From Governor JB Pritzker:

Gov. Pritzker Signs Reproductive Health Act, Making Illinois a National Leader Amid Flurry of Attacks on Reproductive Rights

Chicago — Making good on his promise to make Illinois the most progressive state in the nation for women’s reproductive rights, Governor JB Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act on Wednesday, enshrining a woman’s right to choose into law.

“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,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. 

“Illinois is demonstrating what it means to affirm the rights of individuals to make the most personal and fundamental decisions of their lives, no matter your income level, race, ethnicity or religion. When it comes to contraception, abortion, and reproductive care, this law puts the decision-making where it belongs: in the hands of women and their doctors.

“The Reproductive Health Act ensures that women’s rights in Illinois do not hinge on the fate of Roe v. Wade, or the whims of an increasingly conservative Supreme Court. In this state, women will always have the right to reproductive health care.”

Treating reproductive health care like any other type of health care, the Reproductive Health Act modernizes Illinois’ outdated law and establishes the fundamental right to make individual decisions about reproductive health care, including contraception, abortion, and maternity care.

The new law ensures regulations reflect current medical standards and requires private health insurance plans in Illinois to cover abortion like they do other pregnancy-related care.

Amid a wave of legislation restricting a woman’s right to choose, Illinois is the only state in the nation to enact legislation that establishes a fundamental right to reproductive healthcare, including abortion and maternity care.

“The Reproductive Health Act sends a clear message that we trust women to make their own decisions,” said Senator Melinda Bush, the Senate sponsor of the RHA. 

“Women can now rest assured that regardless of what happens at the federal level, they will have access to comprehensive reproductive health care here in Illinois.

“Thank you to Gov. Pritzker for being a fierce advocate of reproductive rights and for taking this final step in guaranteeing the right to an abortion in the state of Illinois.”

“While all around us opponents are using misinformation and misogyny to justify attacks on bodily autonomy, I’m proud that here in Illinois, we’ve declared unequivocally that we trust patients and doctors to make these decisions safely and privately,” said Representative Kelly Cassidy, the House sponsor of the RHA.

“The law is now clear in Illinois: decisions about reproductive health care are between patients, their family members, doctors and other health care providers,” said Colleen Connell, executive director of the ACLU of Illinois. “Thank you Governor Pritzker for making this policy the law of the land. Thank you to all the legislators who worked to move this measure forward, especially sponsors Senator Melinda Bush and Representative Kelly Cassidy.  And, special thanks to the thousands of Illinois residents who spoke up and made their voice heard over the past few months.  Your involvement made this victory possible.”

“We are in for the fight of our lives, for our patients’ lives,” said Jennifer Welch, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois. “By signing the Reproductive Health Act into law today, Governor Pritzker has solidified his commitment to guaranteeing patients at Planned Parenthood, and other health care providers across the state, have the fundamental right to the full range of reproductive health care. At Planned Parenthood, we’re committing to ensuring that right is accessible, no matter what.”

The law takes effect immediately.


Abortion: When “Most Progressive” Means “Most Extreme” — 22 Comments

  1. To really make things easy, they could put legal houses of prostitution inside Planned Parenthood facilities!

    Think of the $synergy$

  2. Looks like that organization was misnamed for some reason. There is nothing at their website that covers parenting. A more accurate name might include words such as abortion, sex diseases and contraception which appears to be their top functions.

    Pritzker said:
    “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.”

    What are actual statistics on percent of time an abortion is done to save a woman’s life? It would appear that vast majority of time abortions are done because of a mistake by a female and/or male. A mistake being that the female and male were having fun and enjoyment and one or both did not take preventative measures ahead of time.

    Also, the term “Reproductive Health Act” is a lie, is BS. It should be “Anti-Reproductive Killing Act” since it allows for NOT reproducing humans but killing them.

    In terms of pregnant women getting “true” health care, they are already free to go to doctors or health clinics for their health needs while being pregnant. There is nothing stopping them from doing so and no new law is needed.

  3. Illinois the Sodom and Gomorrah of the states. (One of the first states God will be destroying.)

  4. The Pritzker “Kill as Many Black Babies as Possible” law.

    He will certainly go down in history.

  5. Well, it ties in with this Facebook post I just saw:

    “Illinois legalized marijuana becaus that’s what you do when your broke and shit gets rough you sell drugs 😂 🤣”

  6. I would think that laws like this will move the re-examination of Roe by the Supreme Court a little closer as it permits abortion outside the parameters of the landmark case.

    I believe the progressives will have cooked their own goose when this is all over.

  7. You are correct CP.

    When the electorate (us) starts calling them racist pigs, they might get a hint they pushed past all decency.

  8. **this will move the re-examination of Roe by the Supreme Court a little closer as it permits abortion outside the parameters of the landmark case.**

    How so?

    What in the law would SCOTUS rule as unconstitutional?

    This bill won’t have any impact on Roe v Wade.

    The other side of this (the Alabama, Georgia, etc laws) are what will end up at SCOTUS.

  9. I believe, and am obviously no expert, that it will be argued that abortion at any time during pregnancy was not guaranteed under Roe v Wade.

  10. You are correct.
    It was guaranteed under Doe v. Bolton, which was delivered the same day as Roe v. Wade.

    Doe has language which is much broader that Roe.

  11. Everyone is focusing on Roe V. Wade.

    The bill also incorporates the contents of Doe V Bolton, which allows abortion for any heath reason, including mental health.

    Doe was handed down the same day as Roe.

  12. It will be interesting.

    If I supported abortion I would not want the Supreme Court to revisit it.

    I think it is too late and that it will be looked at through the science of today.

  13. **I believe, and am obviously no expert, that it will be argued that abortion at any time during pregnancy was not guaranteed under Roe v Wade**

    I don’t think you understand what Roe v Wade or Doe v Bolton do.

    But the very short paraphrased version is that they ruled you can’t have laws prohibiting abortions.

    Having laws that go further – allowing for more – aren’t contingent on Roe or Doe

    So overturning either or both of those wouldn’t overturn IL’s RHA.

    It would just allow laws like what were recently passed in GA and AL.

  14. Alabama I’m glad you’re here. Voice of reason in the wilderness.

  15. You may be correct but I do think it will be argued the above act is not abortion as described previously.

    You know what they say about opinions

  16. Low I.Q. Little Joey Blowhard thinks he hears the “voice of reason”.

    That’s the biggest and best laugh of the week.

    Jumbo Boy counts on gullible fools like him to run this state into the financial and moral abyss.

  17. Kvidera aka Alabama Snake …… one and the same deluded person!

  18. Nah..,definitely not the same person.

    Good try though.

    And I’m not sure how I’m deluded.

    Just pointing out facts in an attempt to explain what Supreme Court precedents actually mean.

  19. Alabama is a person who has forfeited his pajamas in a game of “I work for the NWH” and “I can lie as much as I like and take on as many sexual partners as I need.”

  20. Ah, Dakota.

    That’s cute.

    Care to actually address any of the substance?

    Or do you just want to make childish personal attacks that have nothing to do with the post?

  21. Forfeited his pajamas?

    Alabama has forfeited a lot more than that!

    When they were handing out brains he thought they said trains — and asked for a nice slow one.

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