The Illinois Reproductive Health Act would also remove criminal penalties for abortion doctors and eliminate a mandate which requires parental consent for minors who seek to have abortions.
The Illinois chapters of the ACLU and Planned Parenthood are both championing the legislation.
LifeNews reports that “ACLU Illinois Executive Director Colleen Connell said that “the new relaxed abortion measures allowing for more late-term abortions and fewer parental rights simply ‘[gets] rid of all the really bad stuff’ in the state’s current abortion law.”
“House Bill 40 was a very courageous and important first step, and now we’re actually moving down the path of making the vision and the values of House Bill 40 a reality,” Connell said to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The new measures haven’t been voted on yet, but will likely pass the state legislature. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker already said he “looks forward to reviewing the legislation and working with advocates to protect women’s rights.”
The Illinois legislation is modeled after New York’s Reproductive Health Act which was signed into law in January. The law states that “Every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion.”
LifeSite News reports the New York law “erases the state’s recognition of preborn babies older than 24 weeks as potential homicide victims, removes abortion from the penal code entirely, and allows licensed health practitioners other than full doctors to commit abortions.”