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Democrats in Illinois House adopt legislation that protects abortions

Rep. Avery Bourne of Raymond called the plan a “broad expansion” of abortion.

May 28, 2019 - 4:31 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP/KFTK) — The Illinois House has endorsed expanded abortion protections as a half-dozen other states strive to restrict the procedure.

Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy’s Reproductive Health Act, SB25, was approved 64-50 Monday. It rescinds 45-year-old regulations on abortion which court injunctions have long blocked. It requires insurance coverage for abortions, contraception and related medical care.

Cassidy repeatedly maintained that the measure simply codifies existing practice. She says restrictions in other states will become tests for a U.S. Supreme Court with two recent appointees who oppose the 1973 Roe v. Wade opinion legalizing abortion.

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Republicans strenuously objected. Rep. Avery Bourne of Raymond called the plan a “broad expansion” of abortion and would make late-term abortions widely available despite the viability of a fetus outside the womb.

The bill moves to the Senate. The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn its spring session on Friday.

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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