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Fighting for Planned Parenthood Patients and Communities

Many of Planned Parenthood’s patients are people who have historically faced barriers to quality health care. Without Planned Parenthood health centers, many of these patients may have no other place to turn to access safe and legal abortion — or preventive care like birth control, well-woman exams, and lifesaving cancer and STD screenings. Often, those patients are people of color, people who live in rural areas, LGBTQ people, people with low incomes, and people without health insurance.

Stay tuned for 2018 legislative initiatives.

What we're fighting for now

Condom Tax

Illinois currently taxes condoms at the full, “luxury” rate of 6.25%.  The FDA classifies both external condoms and internal condoms as medical devices. Therefore, they should be taxed at a rate appropriate for medical devices.

No Salary History (HB 2462)

HB 2462 will strengthen the Illinois Equal Pay Act by preventing employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s previous salary history.

A salary offer should be based on a person’s qualifications and the responsibilities of the job. Since women earn on average less than men, basing wages on a worker’s previous pay only perpetuates wage inequality.

What we're fighting against now

HB 4108 repeals the provisions in Public Act 100-538 (HB 40).

  • Reinstates abortion coverage bans in the Illinois Medicaid and State Employee Health Insurance Programs.
  • Reinstates trigger language stating that abortion would be criminalized if Roe v. Wade were overturned.

HB 4114 and SB 2241 repeal HB 40 AND impose additional, new restrictions.

  • States the policy of the State of Illinois to be “the unborn child is a human being from the time of conception and has a right to life and, to the extent consistent with the United States Constitution, Illinois law should be interpreted to recognize that right to life and to protect unborn life.”
  • Bans the State of Illinois and local governments from paying for abortions or including abortion coverage in health plans such as Medicaid and employee health insurance.
  • Dramatically limits the exception for coverage of abortion in health plansAllows coverage only when a woman “suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death if an abortion is not performed.”
  • Prohibits the Department of Human Services from making grants to nonprofit agencies and organizations that “refer or counsel for, or perform, abortions”.