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Illinois governor signs controversial abortion bill, making the state ‘most progressive’ in nation on issue

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVO) — Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a controversial abortion bill, the Reproductive Health Care Act, on Wednesday.

The new law removes restrictions on late-term abortions, and removes criminal penalties for doctors who perform the procedure.

The bill also expands insurance coverage for abortions and contraception. The new law also repeals Illinois’ partial birth ban and the state’s 1975 abortion act,

At the signing ceremony today, Pritzker said the law expands women’s reproductive rights.

“When it comes to contraception, abortion, and reproductive care, this law puts the decision making where it belongs, in the hands of the people, in the hands of the women and their doctors,” he said.

Some critics of the law call it radical, equating it to legalizing the death penalty.

The law takes effect immediately.

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