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A federal judge has ruled an Illinois law requiring hospital and medical clinic professionals to tell pregnant women about all their available options, including abortion, can't be enforced.

Christian crisis pregnancy centers in some Chicago suburbs are challenging a change in an Illinois' law that now requires medical professionals to notify pregnant patients of all their available options, including abortion.

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The Illinois Senate has approved a measure intended to protect abortion rights … and expand access to the procedure.

The legislation would allow for coverage of abortion under state health plans to include government employees and women on Medicaid.
Senator Toi Hutchinson, a Democrat from Chicago Heights, made what she called an “economic argument” for the legislation.

Governor Bruce Rauner was asked Friday why he’s changed his position on an abortion law since the 2014 campaign.

An abortion-rights group says Gov. Bruce Rauner broke a campaign promise when he pledged last week to veto legislation to expand coverage for abortion and ensure the procedure remains legal in Illinois.
 
Personal PAC on Wednesday made public a questionnaire the Republican completed as a candidate for governor in 2014.
 
In it, Rauner said that if elected he would sign legislation to ensure access to abortion if federal law allowing it is overturned. Rauner also said Illinois should cover abortions for state employees and Medicaid recipients.
 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An anti-abortion physician and two pregnancy help centers have filed a lawsuit alleging an Illinois law requiring them to discuss abortion with patients is unconstitutional. 

 


Donald Trump’s presidency has Illinois lawmakers weighing an issue not usually given as much attention in the General Assembly: abortion.

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Eighteen Illinois women's health organizations have sued Gov. Bruce Rauner over a law requiring pregnancy centers to tell patients about the benefits of abortion despite conscience-based objections.  The measure requiring the dispensing of abortion information changed a 1977 law allowing health care professionals to refuse services they consider morally objectionable.  The law took effect Jan. 1.

A Democratic Illinois lawmaker wants to send a message to President Donald Trump by lifting prohibitions on state coverage of abortions.  State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz of Chicago has introduced a measure to prevent Illinois from banning abortions if U.S. Supreme Court protection is overturned. 

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has clashed with Illinois Democrats on big issues like the state budget during his first term in office. But he recently he bucked the party line on legislation the GOP has fervently opposed: Expanding birth control coverage and access to abortions.
 
Not a single Republican voted in favor of either bill, but Rauner signed both measures last week in a move that angered conservative groups and surprised some legislators in his party.
 

A Missouri Woman is scheduled to tell House lawmakers today how she survived an abortion attempt by her then teenaged mother.  Her testimony is part of an effort to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood.

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Abortions in Illinois are declining, echoing a national trend. Between 2010 and 2013, abortions decreased more than 2.5 in Illinois to 40,750. That is the lowest figure yet during a decades-long drop in abortions in the state. Illinois has less restrictive abortion laws than neighboring states. Each year, roughly 3,000 women from other states travel to Illinois for abortions, adding to the Illinois totals. Carole Brite of Planned Parenthood of Illinois attributes the state decline to women choosing effective birth control methods and limiting unintended pregnancies.

Il Supreme Court rules on parental notification law

Jul 12, 2013

The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday upheld a law that requires young women to notify their parents before getting an abortion. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, the decision ends a legal fight that goes all the way back to the 1990s.

For the first time since the law passed nearly two decades ago, women 17 and younger who want to have an abortion will have to get their parents' permission.