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Illinois Senate passes abortion protections bill, plan moves to Governor’s desk

SPRINGFIELD, IL (HOI) – The Illinois Senate approved legislation late Friday night to remove abortion restrictions.

Senators voted 34-20 in favor of the Reproductive Health Act, which expands access to late-term abortions and requires insurance coverage for abortions, contraception and related medical care.

The vote comes as several other states have recently passed legislation restricting the procedure.

The bill now moves to Governor JB Pritzker’s desk for approval.

“Illinois is making history, because our state will now be the most progressive in the nation for reproductive healthcare. In Illinois, we trust women to make the most personal and fundamental decisions of their lives – and now, that will be the law of the land, even as it’s under threat in other states,” said Pritzker. “This progress is only possible thanks to the fierce advocacy of leaders like Representative Kelly Cassidy, Senator Melinda Bush and countless advocates and groups around the state, and I look forward to joining them to sign this bill.”

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Mike Miletich

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