Governor Pritzker Signs Executive Order Protecting Legal Abortions In Illinois

Lisa Fielding
January 22, 2019 - 12:41 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Governor Pritzker took executive action Tuesday ensuring abortion and reproductive health protections in Illinois.

“On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I’m proud to declare under my administration, the State of Illinois will be the most progressive state in the nation when it comes to guaranteeing the right to choose for every single woman,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Thanks to the courageous advocates across our state, HB 40 is the law of the land. I was proud to stand with you in that fight, because a right is only a right if it can be exercised by everyone. And today, I’m proud to sign an executive order that will further protect and expand the right to choose in Illinois – and that will fully implement all the provisions of HB 40.”

Governor Pritzker signed the order to ensure the state fully enforces HB 40, which he said, ensures a woman's right to chose in Illinois. The action took place at Planned Parenthood of Illinois surrounded by women’s health advocates and co-sponsors of the legislation.

"I want to make it clear to women across Illinois that this state and this Governor have your back," he said.

“Women’s rights are human rights. It’s important that women have the right and ability to chose what is best for them and their bodies,” said Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton. “Today’s executive order makes it clear that our state is a leader in that respect.”

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Representative Sara Feigenholtz, the House chief co-sponsor of HB 40, said the law also removed a trigger provision in Illinois law which would have criminalized abortion if Roe v. Wade was overturned.

"We needed to strike that trigger provision based on Donald Trump's threat to women's reproductive rights," she said.

Tuesday marks the 46th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. 

You can view the executive order below.