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First-in-the-nation legislation protects the license plate data of out-of-state patients seeking reproductive health care

SPRINGFIELD - Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) applauds the Illinois General Assembly for passing HB 3326, a first-in-the-nation law that protects the license plate data of people who are seeking reproductive and sexual health care, including abortion and gender-affirming care. As neighboring states enact more and more restrictive bans to care, this bill prohibits the sale, sharing or transferring of information from automated license plate readers (ALPR) that could be used to track people seeking reproductive health care or target someone based on the person’s immigration status. 

“People should not fear being tracked by their license plate because of their immigration status or to receive essential health care such as abortion or gender-affirming care,” said Jennifer Welch, President and CEO of PPIA. “However, in our post-Roe reality, more and more people are forced to flee their home states for care. We applaud Secretary Giannoulias for initiating this important legislation along with Senator Sara Feigenholtz and Representative Ann Williams for sponsoring the bill which further cements Illinois’ status as a haven state in the midwest. We urge Governor JB Pritzker to sign the bill.”

HB 3326 passed out of the Senate on Thursday, May 18 with of 39 to 15 vote. The House concurred with a Senate amendment on Wednesday, May 24 with a 69 to 34 vote. 

“Anyone seeking abortion care in Illinois should not be harassed in any fashion, and this first-in-the-nation legislation will prevent Automatic License Plate Readers from being used as a tool for tracking, harassing or criminalizing lawful behavior,” said Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias. “I am committed to allowing individuals to pursue and obtain the lawful health care they need without government intrusion. This legislation sets common-sense standards and protocols to ensure that Automatic License Plate Reader data is used properly.”

Rep Ann Williams (D-11) and Senator Sara Feigenholtz (D-6) sponsored the bill. 

"The world has changed since the Dobbs decision, and we must take every opportunity to make sure Illinois remains a safe and welcoming space for all," said Williams. "As more and more states move to restrict or even ban access to reproductive healthcare, Illinois has become a safe haven not just for Illinois residents seeking healthcare, but for everyone who comes here to exercise their basic human right to bodily autonomy. I am grateful to Secretary Gianoulias for his leadership on this issue and commitment to reproductive freedom."

“Illinois will not permit data collection tools like ALPRs to be weaponized against people traveling to our state to access reproductive health care services,” said Feigenholtz. “Since the Dobbs decision Illinois has methodically buttoned down all possible protections for people coming to our state for help".

HB 3326 now goes to the Governor. If signed it will go into effect on January 1, 2024. 

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