Bill seeks to increase women's rights to care before, during and after pregnancy
A bill that would provide women with more rights under the Medical Patient Rights Act has been placed on the House Calendar for short debate.
Filed by Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-Chicago), House Bill 0002 would grant every woman “certain rights with regard to pregnancy and childbirth, including the right to receive care that is consistent with current scientific evidence about benefits and risks, the right to choose her birth setting, the right to be provided with certain information, and the right to be treated with respect at all times before, during and after pregnancy by her health care professionals and to have a health care professional that is culturally competent and treats her appropriately regardless of her ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious background.”
The bill further stipulates that the Department of Public Health, Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Department of Children and Family Services, and Department of Human Services all make mention of these rights on their publicly available online platforms.
Flowers has been joined in support for the bill by Reps. LaToya Greenwood (D-East St. Louis), Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan), Anne Stava-Murray (D-Naperville), Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) and Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston).