SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State Rep. Lilian Jiménez, D-Chicago, sponsored legislation that would prevent limited service pregnancy centers from withholding information or deceiving those seeking alternative pregnancy services.
“Limited service pregnancy centers are an important part of providing low-income families with the services they need to have and raise their children,” Jiménez said. “However, these families can’t make full and informed decisions about their bodies when professionals in these pregnancy centers inject their personal convictions into healthcare recommendations.”
Jiménez’s Senate Bill 1909 prohibits unfair or deceptive practices for the concealment, misrepresentation or suppression of pregnancy-related care by limited care pregnancy centers. These centers are defined as specifically not providing abortion or contraceptive services, only services that would support pregnancy.
Senate Bill 1909 is supported by the Illinois Attorney General and Planned Parenthood. The bill now moves through the Health Care Availability & Accessibility Committee.
“I am proud of the work the House has done to protect abortion services, open up healthcare systems to more people, and create a culture of dignity for pregnant individuals,” Jiménez said. “This legislation is a critical next step in helping women make medically sound decisions about their bodies.”