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What is the Reproductive Health Act?

The Reproductive Health Act recognizes that providing abortion is health care, not criminal activity. The bill repeals Illinois’ outdated abortion law so that the state treats abortion care like all health care, with regulations that reflect current medical standards.

What does the Reproductive Health Act do?

 

  • Establishes the fundamental right to make individual decisions about reproductive health care, including contraception, abortion, and maternity care. This includes birthing decisions like whether to have an induction, epidural anesthesia, or cesarean surgery.
  • Provides a critical update and modernization to Illinois’ outdated law. The state should treat abortion, contraception and maternal care like all health care, with regulations that reflect current medical standards.
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  • Includes a viability standard for the small number of abortions that occur later in pregnancy.

  • Codifies current standards of medical practice on who can perform abortions.

  • Specifies that the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act permits conscience-based refusals to provide, refer, or participate in abortion care. This includes health care providers and facilities as well as insurance companies.

  • Requires private health insurance plans in Illinois to cover abortion like they do other pregnancy related care.