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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.

Stingray Surveillance – The Citizen Privacy Protection Act (Senate Bill 2343 and House Bill 4470) sponsored by State Senator Daniel Biss and State Representative Ann Williams, would create statewide regulations for the use of powerful surveillance technology known as “Stingrays,” to prevent warrantless mass surveillance. The use of a Stingray is like a virtual pat down of your phone without your knowing the pat down occurred. Stingrays simulate cell phone network towers, tricking all mobile devices within a certain range into connecting by masquerading as the strongest nearby signal. Say thank you to your state representative for voting to support Stingray regulation in Illinois.

Support transgender and intersex individuals’ rights! – House Bill 6073, introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives by Representative Greg Harris, updates the Vital Records Act to allow transgender and intersex people to change the gender marker on their birth certificate without proof of transition-related surgery. The idea of forcing someone to have surgery in order to correct this fundamental document is outdated and inconsistent with contemporary science. Urge your state representative to support this measure when it comes to the House floor.

 

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