Abortion Bill Will Be Heard: Cassidy

May 23, 2019

State Representative Kelly Cassidy said Thursday that she’s received a pledge from House Speaker Mike Madigan that her expansive abortion legislative will be heard.

That bill would lift provisions that would make performing abortions illegal if Roe. V. Wade is overturned. The bill would also require private insurers to cover abortion if they already cover pregnancy-related expenses.

“I am grateful to my colleagues who have helped to press this issue to the point where we had a pretty productive caucus yesterday and a  pledge from the Speaker that we will be able to move the ball forward.,'' Cassidy said at a Progressive Caucus press conference. "So, I am looking forward to advancing this bill and getting it over to the Senate, and putting in place some very, very real protections for reproductive freedom and Illinois.”

The bill was introduced in February but was stalled until now.

A spokesman for House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said his caucus remains unified in its opposition the Reproductive Health Act.

Last week, after Alabama’s governor signed the most restrictive abortion bill in the country, Missouri joined states that have passed so-called etal heart beat laws. They effectively bar abortion after approximately eight weeks of pregnancy. 

“As opponents of reproductive freedom around the country have stepped up their attacks on our access to reproductive health care, it has become very, very clear that Illinois must respond in kind with equal energy behind defending reproductive freedom," Cassidy said.