State lawmakers are approving the Reproductive Health Act, which expands abortion rights for women in Illinois.
The Reproductive Health Act treats abortions just like any other medical procedure and lifts some restrictions on abortions. Supporters say it’s needed to protect a woman’s right to choose, but State Senator Sue Rezin strongly opposes.
Rezin said the measure also allows certain non-physicians (Advanced Practice Certified Nurse) to perform chemical abortions.
She also said it raises questions about whether doctors, nurses and hospitals would be required to perform abortions without any consideration for their personal beliefs or constitutional rights. It eliminates licensing and health and safety inspections for abortion clinics.
The legislation requires all insurance plans to include abortion coverage, with no exceptions for churches or religious organizations. The bill was signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker on June 12th.