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Roll Call: Williams votes for abortion rights bill

Local Government

By LGIS News Service | Jun 7, 2019

Vote 07

Illinois state Rep. Jawaharial “Omar” Williams (D-10) on May 28 voted For a measure that will bring sweeping changes to the state’s abortion laws.

If signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the Reproductive Health Act will make abortions a fundamental right, repealing the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975, including eliminating waiting periods, the requirement for spousal consent, certain restrictions on where abortions can be performed and criminal penalties for doctors who perform abortions. The measure also states  that a “fertilized egg, embryo or fetus does not have independent rights.” 

Critics of the bill such as Illinois Right to Life claim the bill goes too far and “jeopardizes enforcement of the parental notice of abortion act.”

District 10 includes all or parts of the Ukranian Village, West Garfield Park, East Garfield Park, Wicker Park, Bucktown, River West and Humboldt Park in Chicago. 

Both the House and the Senate passed the measure. It is now being considered by the governor, who previously said he would sign the bill into law. 

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