Earlier today, religious leaders held a press conference in Springfield and shared inaccurate claims on the proposed reproductive health legislation currently being debated. 

The following can be attributed to Colleen Connell, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois: 

“With Roe v. Wade under imminent threat of being overturned, Illinois needs this legislation to secure women’s freedom to make their own reproductive and medical choices. The event in the Capitol’s press room this morning continues a troubling pattern of recent days where false claims and heated rhetoric are being used in an attempt to deny women their basic right to make their own medical decisions about abortion, contraception and maternal care. Legislators have a choice to make. Stand with women and their health care providers or stand with those who want to make health care for women a crime. We look forward to that debate.  

When we proposed the Reproductive Health Act, we expected a vigorous debate – but one based on facts. The Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act – which is unaffected by this legislation – continues to protect health care providers from participating in any care that inconsistent with their religious and moral beliefs. Period. Full stop. Suggesting otherwise is simply not true.”