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    • Putting Patients First – You may be shocked to learn that current Illinois law permits doctors, nurses and other health care providers to deny information and health care to their patients based on the providers’ religious beliefs.This law is wrong and must be changed in order to put patients first. Under Senate Bill 1564, health care providers can assert religious objections to providing care and information, but must have in place protocols designed to ensure that the patient gets the information needed to make an informed medical decision. Tell your state representative to support this measure.
    • Reform Stop-and-Frisk in Illinois – The widespread use of stop and frisk in Chicago will strike many as the most startling finding of our stop-and-frisk report. Today we know that the City has become the nation’s leaders in stop-and-frisk by police. It’s time to restore community trust and reform stop-and-frisk. Call your legislators!
    • Decriminalizing Marijuana – House Bill 218, now in the Illinois Senate, replaces criminal charges with modest fines of less than $125 for possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana. More than 75 cities and towns across Illinois already have enacted local ordinances removing criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana, so House Bill 218 creates a uniform system. Tell Governor Rauner to sign this bill.
    • Three Dangerous Anti-Choice Bills that Must Be Stopped – A group of ideologically-driven, anti-abortion legislators have launched a series of misguided measures designed to severely limit access to abortion services for women across the State of Illinois: House Bill 3561 would bar all abortion services in Illinois after 20 weeks, even if a woman faces pregnancy complications that put her health at risk; House Bill 3274 seeks to make it impossible for abortion clinics to operate, forcing these facilities to create the equivalent of a small hospital, and; House Bill 2701 makes up a fake new medical procedure – an “active ultrasound” – and then forces all women seeking an abortion in Illinois to view such an ultrasound or state her refusal in writing. Tell your state legislator that politicians should not be playing doctor!
    • Fight Overincarceration in Illinois – Illinois now incarcerates more than 48,000 people in state prisons, the 8th highest prison population in the nation. While other large states across the U.S. have implemented a number of reforms that have reduced their prison population in recent years, the State of Illinois’ prison population has ballooned to more than 190% of capacity. It is time for action. Contact your state representative and state senator and demand real action–not just more words–on fixing our incarceration system.

     

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