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Bush passes Reproductive Health Act out of committee

bush 053019SPRINGFIELD – The Reproductive Health Act, which repeals outdated abortion laws that have been blocked by the courts and ensures that reproductive health care is treated like all other health care and not as a crime, advanced out of the Senate Public Health Committee today.

“There’s a very real possibility that Roe v. Wade will be overturned in the next few years,” said State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), sponsor of the bill. “The Reproductive Health Act guarantees that Illinois women have the right to comprehensive reproductive health care regardless of what happens at the federal level.”

The Reproductive Health Act provides a critical update and modernization to Illinois’ outdated law. The Reproductive Health Act codifies regulations that reflect current standards of medical practice and repeals state laws that are not in effect and not enforced because of court rulings.

“The Reproductive Health Act protects Illinois women’s access to health care and sends a clear message that we believe reproductive health care should be treated like all other health care,” Bush said. “We can’t wait until it’s too late. We must act now to protect abortion rights.” 

The Reproductive Health Act:

  • repeals felony penalties imposed on doctors for offering abortion care and some contraceptives
  • removes the requirement that a married woman be required to get her husband’s consent to an abortion
  • lifts disciplinary penalties adopted decades ago aimed solely at physicians who perform abortions
  • protects assisted reproductive techniques like in-vitro fertilization
  • treats the cost of abortion like all other medical expenses
  • requires insurance companies (not multi-state plans) to provide coverage for abortions without cost-sharing requirements

Sen. Melinda Bush

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31st Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Education; Environment and Conservation (Chairperson); Government Accountability/Pensions; Revenue; Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital.

Biography: Born March 18, 1956; former member of the Lake County Board, Forest Preserve Board and former Grayslake village trustee; married (Andy) with one adult son (Chris).

Associated Representatives:
Joyce Mason
Sam Yingling