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Illinois House to vote on bill that would loosen abortion restrictions

A House committee approved the legislation late Sunday on a party-line vote, sending it to the House floor. All committee Republicans voted no.

May 28, 2019 - 12:10 pm
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KFTK/AP) - House Democrats have advanced a measure to replace Illinois' abortion law with less restrictive language that gives people "a fundamental right'' to make decisions about their reproductive health.

The State Journal-Register reports a House committee approved the legislation late Sunday on a party-line vote, sending it to the House floor. All committee Republicans voted no.

Related: Missouri might be the first state without an operating abortion clinic since 1973

Among other provisions, the bill requires private health insurance companies that cover pregnancy-related benefits to cover abortion.

Supporters say the measure is necessary to counter other states' action to restrict abortion procedures and the appointment of U.S. Supreme Court justices who oppose abortion.

Republicans criticized Democrats, who control the Legislature and the governor's office, for holding the hearing on Sunday night of a holiday weekend and posting notice just one hour before the hearing. 

Last week in Missouri a bill was signed by Gov. Mike Parson to ban abortions on or beyond the eighth weeks of pregnancy without exceptions for cases of rape or incest, making it among the most restrictive abortion policies in the nation.

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