SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act today in Springfield. The act guarantees abortion access as a fundamental right in Illinois.
The State Journal-Register in Springfield reported that Pritzker signed the act surrounded by lawmakers.
From the Journal-Register:
Surrounded by dozens of lawmakers and abortion rights advocates, Pritzker signed the controversial legislation that he said will ensure that Illinois is “going to be there for women if they have to be refugees from other states.”
“In a time when too many states across the nation are taking a step backward, Illinois is taking a giant step forward for women’s health,” Pritzker said. “Today, we proudly proclaim that in this state, we trust women. And in Illinois, we guarantee as a fundamental right, a woman’s right to choose.”
Pritzker said the law simply codifies what was already case law in the state through a series of court decisions over the years.
The act was passed by the Senate on the last day of the spring legislative session.