September 28, 2017

“The ACLU enthusiastically applauds Governor Rauner for signing HB 40 and, in doing so, helping women throughout the entire State of Illinois.  We applaud him for taking time to listen to the stories of women who have been denied access to basic health care, including abortion care, simply because they receive their insurance from the State of Illinois. This deliberative, thoughtful process – and learning about the experiences of women struggling to get by – clearly affected the Governor’s decision.

Because of the Governor’s action today, women across Illinois are empowered to make their own health care and life choices without interference from politicians. We are pleased the Governor has stood with these women and made the right decision for our state.”

Lorie Chaiten, Director of Women's and Reproductive Rights Project, ACLU of Illinois