SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As a part of his fight to ensure women’s access to health care, state Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, is highlighting Governor J.B. Pritzker’s approval of the Reproductive Health Act, or Senate Bill 25.
“As states around the country restrict women’s health care, even going so far as to outlaw abortions, Illinois is stepping up to be the leader by protecting access to reproductive health care,” said Carroll. “This new law ensures women’s health care will always be a fundamental right in Illinois, and makes it clear that Illinois women will always have the right to make their own medical decisions. Making women’s health care a fundamental right means ensuring they are free from unnecessary political interference.”
Carroll backed Senate Bill 25, the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), which removes a whole host of antiquated Illinois laws that haven’t been enforced for decades like spousal consent, dangerous restrictions at various stages of pregnancy and even criminal penalties. Carroll supported the RHA to ensure women have access to necessary health care in consultation with their physicians and family, not the government.
“With the governor signing the Reproductive Health Act, women’s health care is now protected as a fundamental right under Illinois law,” said Terry Cosgrove, president and CEO of Personal PAC. “I want to thank Rep. Carroll for his leadership in passing the RHA and standing up for Illinois women by protecting access to medical care no matter what Donald Trump and his right-wing allies do in Washington.”