CHICAGO – To support families across the state and ensure that pregnant women have the accommodations that they need during their pregnancy, state Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, recently supported legislation that will allow pregnant women to receive a temporary disability placard that will allow them to use disabled parking spaces.
“While women across the nation are under attack by extreme politicians, we here in Illinois recognize that women deserve to be supported and uplifted,” said Slaughter. “Making sure that an expectant mother does not take on too much stress is critical for a successful delivery.”
House Bill 3027, which was recently signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, will allow the Illinois Secretary of State to issue pregnant women in their third trimester a temporary disability placard. The disability placard will be valid for 90 days. Currently, individuals may receive a disability placard if they can provide documentation of a chronic illness, and disabled individuals must renew the placard every 90 days.
“An expecting mother already has a multitude of appointments, decisions and other matters to be concerned with, and I don’t think they should have to worry about finding a parking spot that won’t inconvenience them,” said Slaughter. “I look forward to returning to Springfield to continuing the fight for equity and fair treatment for all women across our great state.”