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Illinois House Adopts Abortion Protections

Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy's Reproductive Health Act was approved 64-50 Monday

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    Illinois House Adopts Abortion Protections

    The Illinois House has endorsed expanded abortion protections as a half-dozen other states strive to restrict the procedure. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.

    (Published Tuesday, May 28, 2019)

    The Illinois House has endorsed expanded abortion protections as a half-dozen other states strive to restrict the procedure. 

    Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy's Reproductive Health Act was approved 64-50 Monday. It rescinds 45-year-old regulations on abortion which court injunctions have long blocked. It requires insurance coverage for abortions, contraception and related medical care. 

    Cassidy repeatedly maintained that the measure simply codifies existing practice. She says restrictions in other states will become tests for a U.S. Supreme Court with two recent appointees who oppose the 1973 Roe v. Wade opinion legalizing abortion. 

    Republicans strenuously objected. Rep. Avery Bourne of Raymond called the plan a "broad expansion" of abortion and would make late-term abortions widely available despite the viability of a fetus outside the womb. 

    Democrats Advance Bill to Expand Illinois Abortion Rights

    [CHI] Democrats Advance Bill to Expand Illinois Abortion Rights

    House Democrats in Illinois have advanced a measure to replace the state's abortion law with less restrictive language that gives people "a fundamental right" to make decisions about their reproductive health. Lisa Chavarria reports.

    (Published Monday, May 27, 2019)

    The bill moves to the Senate. The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn its spring session on Friday.

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