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Illinois lawmakers advance bill to remove abortion restrictions

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — A new bill which would remove restrictions on abortions on Illinois is headed to the House for consideration, after it was passed by a committee during a late night session on Sunday.

The Reproductive Health Act would repeal Illinois’ Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act and the Illinois Abortion Act of 1975, which would remove restrictions on spousal consent, waiting periods, criminal penalties for doctors who perform abortions, and expand insurance coverages for abortions and contraception.

According to WGN, the Catholic Conference of Illinois released a statement saying, “The fundamental premise of the bill is flawed, and no amendment or tweak to the language will change the fact that it is designed to rob the vulnerable life in the womb of any trace of human dignity and value.”

Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot said, via a statement, “With the onslaught of attacks against reproductive rights happening all across the country, we must act to double down on protections here in Illinois. The time is now to ensure that we preserve access to safe, legal abortion in our state. We won’t go backwards.”

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