State Rep. Kelly Cassidy speaks as Gov. J.B. Pritzker listens before Pritzker signed House Bill 4664, a bill that will further protect reproductive health care providers and patients who are seeking care in Illinois, Jan. 13, 2023, in Chicago. Cassidy pushed through legislation to require insurers in Illinois to cover abortion medication and hormonal therapy, part of a package of measures Democrats say protects access to medical services that other states are restricting. (Pat Nabong/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Illinois Democrats Say Abortion-Access Protections Are a Promise: ‘You’re safe here’

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Access to abortion is essentially locked down in Illinois. But Democrats are looking for ways to further protect the practice and its availability, including to outsiders who potentially face home-state penalties for seeking treatment here.

Legislation approved by both houses of the General Assembly include requiring Illinois insurers to cover abortion-inducing drugs, penalizing crisis pregnancy centers if they distribute inaccurate information and requiring colleges to offer reduced-price emergency contraception on campus.

Reaching beyond the borders is a high-tech House-approved measure that would require that interstate agreements over license-plate reading technology include a promise they not be used to track people traveling to Illinois for an abortion. It has its sights set on statutes such as the recent “abortion-trafficking” law signed in Idaho.