President Cullerton, Senate Dems laud signing of women's choice measure

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The governor’s decision to sign a law protecting women’s reproductive health rights is an important step forward, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Thursday.

Cullerton issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner signing HB 40.

“These protections ensure women have access to the reproductive health care of their choice regardless of economic status. It is an important step forward here in Illinois at a time when so much at the national level appears to be going backward.”

Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) released the following statement:

“Today is a victory for women’s reproductive rights, but beyond that, it is a victory for the Illinoisans who worked so hard to make it a reality. For months, constituents and advocates have written, called and marched to demand that the governor live up to his responsibility to the women of our state. Their activism has ensured that women will continue to have access to safe, affordable reproductive healthcare.”

State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) released the following:

“On May 10, when House Bill 40 was debated in the Illinois Senate, I said that there is nothing more intrinsic to freedom than bodily autonomy. Our ability to make our own decisions with advisors whom we chose to make the best decisions for ourselves and our families must be fiercely protected regardless of income.

“Today, Governor Rauner agreed with me and thousands of women and men who stood up and used the most powerful tool we have: our voices. Thanks to those voices, House Bill 40 will become law in Illinois. We did it!”

State Sen. Omar Aquino, D-Chicago, released the following statement:

“The signing of House Bill 40 is a victory for pro-choice activists and organizations. After the governor reversed his position and publicly stated that he would veto this legislation, grassroots pro-choice activists made sure that he realized just how crucial women’s reproductive rights are. With so much uncertainty present in the White House and the governor’s office, we need an involved, mobilized and informed electorate now more than ever.”

State Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, released the following statement:

“By signing this legislation, Governor Rauner stood up for a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions without government interference. Regardless of a woman’s income or the federal political climate, the right to choose should be protected in Illinois. By signing this legislation into law, the governor reached across the political aisle and took a principled stand to do the right thing for Illinois women.”

Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) issued the following statement in response to the governor’s decision:

“I am thrilled that the governor decided to honor his commitment and protect women’s reproductive rights in Illinois by signing House Bill 40. Under this legislation, women will have access to safe and legal abortion services regardless of their income, employer or changes at the federal level. This is a great step forward for women in Illinois that would not have been possible without the hard work of constituents and advocates.”

Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) issued the following statement:

“I am pleased the governor has kept the promise he made in 2014 to protect reproductive rights. This is a victory for women all across our state.”

Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) issued the following statement in response to Governor Rauner’s signature of the pro-choice measure:

“In a victory for pro-choice activists, Governor Rauner kept his promise to protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions no matter what. When the governor threatened to change his position on this legislation, people across the state took action to remind him how important women’s reproductive rights are. Regardless of a woman’s income or any changes to federal law, every woman in Illinois should have the right to decide what is best for her health without government interference.”